Avril Lavigne's ex-husband battling alcoholism

Avril Lavigne has encouraged her ex-husband to "stay strong." The Here's To Never Growing Up hitmaker - who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger - voiced her support for Deryck Whibley on Twitter after he opened up about his battle with alcoholism from his hospital bed. In a post titled Rock Bottom, the 34-year-old Sum 41 rocker, who has been receiving treatment for a month, wrote: "The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I've been doing over the years. It finally caught up to me."

'I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be.'

"I was drinking hard every day. Until one night. I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around midnight and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden I didn't feel so good. I then collapsed to the ground unconscious."

Deryck panicked when he woke up in an intensive care unit, but is determined to get his life back on track.

He added: "I had no idea where I was. I was so freaked out. My liver and kidneys collapsed on me. Needless to say it scared me straight. I finally realised I can't drink anymore. If I have one drink the docs say I will die (sic)."

The Canadian musician divorced Avril in 2010 after four years of marriage, but she still supports him. After reading his post, the 29-year-old beauty tweeted on Saturday night: "I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck"

-Bang Showbiz

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