Avril Lavigne is opening up about how she's grown professionally since kicking off her career almost 12 years ago.
"When I first came out on the scene I was 17, and I was a teenager and I was fresh and everything was happening for the first time," Avril told us. "Now I perform during my concert, the drums, the piano and the guitar. I've learned how to be on stage and grow into a performer."
The now 29-year-old "Here's to Never Growing Up" crooner is set to release her self-titled, fifth studio album Nov. 5.
But, although Avril is somewhat of an industry vet at this point, the seemingly outspoken singer still sometimes struggles with her shyness.
"I'm a really shy person, so I've learned how to interact with a large crowd of people who are there to have a good time and how to speak to them, because I was so shy in the beginning and I didn't know how to conduct myself so it's been a huge learning experience," she said.
Avril, who co-wrote her upcoming album, along with the likes of her hubby Chad Kroeger, said she loves having a mix of studio time and performing when it comes to working in the music biz.
"I really love to be in the studio writing because it's exciting and it's new and it's fresh and by the time I'm done working on a record--because I'm writing the songs it takes me a year or sometimes more--by the time I get back out on the road I'm dying for the fans to hear the new material and to try it out live," Avril continued.
"I love what I do and I'm so happy to be here today still creating and making music."
Check out what happened when Avril surprised a big fan, and what the Avril Lavigne Foundation is all about in our interview above!
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