Avril Lavigne came off as a real sweet, thoughtful person in her interview with Britain’s Q Magazine. Us Magazine has some excerpts.
On dealing with her incredible success:
“Selling 24 million albums hasn’t really affected me, but it has changed things. I can’t walk into a room full of people any more without everybody turning their heads, and I can only eat in certain restaurants where I know I won’t get hassled. But that’s OK. I was born to do this, and so I’ve learned how to cope.”
On her competition:
“Someone like Kelly Clarkson is beautiful and has a pretty voice, but with me you get a much stronger image. I’m tough, I have a look that girls want to copy, and I sound a particular way. It’s good if you’re not easily ignored. And I’m not.”
On her generosity:
“I am a very giving person. When the hurricane thing happened, I went to my closet, filled six boxes of stuff and said to my assistant, ‘Take it to Katrina!’ I also like to give stuff to people who are my ‘workers,’ especially if they don’t make much money.”
On her polarizing personality:
“People love me and people hate me, but I’m comfortable in my own skin and that’s what counts. And anyway if you do hate me, you’re the loser, not me.”
Avril Lavigne is so generous. Sending six boxes to Katrina and giving stuff to her poor workers. It reminds me of the time I found a half-eaten bagel on the ground while I was walking downtown in the sweltering heat and I gave it to a homeless guy. I just gave it to him. I mean, I didn’t kick it away or anything. It was as if I was Mother Theresa bestowing this precious bagel. I felt really good after that. Like I was making a difference, much like Avril is. True story.