Avril Explains Paparazzi Spat

Recording artist Avril Lavigne attends the Los Angeles premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Fast Food Nation" at the Egyptian Theater on November 10, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Avril Lavigne explains what went down late last year when she spit on photographers outside of Hyde nightclub in Los Angeles.

"There were a million paparazzi guys," she says in a new interview with Seventeen magazine. "They're all these gross older men, like disgusting — scum of the earth. They follow you around with clipboards and these glossy pictures of you and a blue Sharpie. They shove it in your face when you walk out of a club, then sell it on eBay, so I went 'F*** you, f*** you, f*** you' on mine. Then I spit on them. And they love it. They're all laughing — 'Avril spit on me!' But I'd been spitting on them for two years — and that one time it became a story."

The singer, who married musician Deryck Whibley of the band Sum 41 last July, tells the magazine she's always done her own thing, especially when it comes to her social life.

"I'm not very scene-y. I don't really like the kind of people in L.A. anyway," she says. "Everyone is so pretentious and so caught up in what everybody thinks. I'm just a chill person. I'm from a small town, and sometimes I look at people in this town and I'm just like, Helloooo? It's hard to meet people here. I mean, I know a million people here, but I'd never tell them my secrets. You only ever have a few best friends."2

Lavigne, who burst on the music scene in 2002, has a new album "The Best Damn Thing," which is scheduled to be released on April 17. She says she continues to evolve as she gets older.

"When I first came out on the scene, I acted like a kid and dressed like a kid — and now I'm a woman," she says. "As you get older, you start dressing differently and doing things differently with your hair. I was such a tomboy. I wore my hair the same every day. Barely wore makeup. And now I love clothes. I love shoes, I love purses. I'm so girly, it's not even funny."