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They say the third time’s the charm, and here’s the proof: Avril Lavigne’s third Maxim cover is officially her hottest shoot yet. The 26-year-old songbird is all grown up and fully in touch with
her sexy side as her new single hits the airwaves. Though the past year has brought many changes in her life, including a divorce, Avril is more confident than ever. The only trace of her once-trademark expletive-laden tirades is the new “Fuck” tattoo on her rib cage. Are you tough enough to hang with pop punk’s reigning princess?

This is your third Maxim shoot…and we have to say, they just keep getting sexier!
I’m older and more comfortable with my femininity. The first time I was about 19 and was very nervous. I was more of a tomboy, I guess. I’ve always had a great time shooting with Maxim. I feel like it gives me my freedom. It’s an edgy magazine, so it’s cool.

What makes a woman sexy?
Attitude and confidence. So, a new single and a new album to follow… I have officially just wrapped the album. I’ve been working on it for about two and a half years. I’ve lived a lot, gone through a lot, and put a lot into my songwriting. These songs are very meaningful to me.

A lot of your songs have been about boys. Is that still the case on this album?
This album is the first that is not boy-bashing. [laughs] Is it inspired by my personal relationships? Yes. Inspired by life experiences? Yes. Inspired by experiences in situations with my family and friends? Yes.

What do you think of the new stars who have emerged since your last record, like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Ke$ha?
It’s an interesting period in music right now, very ’80s and beat-driven. A lot of girls are really into their image and costumes and going over the top. I really like Ke$ha. Her songs are fun to party to, and her lyrics are hilarious.

There have been some notable meltdowns of former teen stars. How have you managed to avoid those?
I got here on my own. I came from a small town and grew up in a regular home. I know what I've worked hard for. I’ve seen a lot of people who have gone a little crazy and who are really into the Hollywood scene. I don’t really like to hang out with people like that.

Are you able to play in private?
Well, there are a lot of papa­razzi in L.A. The only time I really ever get photographed is if I decide to go out with my friends to a bar or club, so then it kind of looks like I do that more than I do. The majority of the time I stay in.

Do you laugh or get irritated when you see stories about yourself in the tabloids?
You can only laugh at it and roll your eyes because it’s like, “Really?” They usually just pull that stuff out of their ass, but I think people know that.

Do you even care what people think of you anymore?
I care, but you can’t please everyone. I’m here to create my music and give it to the world.

Is there anything you think people would be surprised to know about you?
Yeah—I’m really shy and quiet.

You have some new tattoos since our last shoot. Tell us about them.
[points to forearm] This is "Abbey Dawn"—that’s my nickname and clothing line. I have a lightning bolt, a music note, and a star. [pulls top up to show hip] Oh, I had a little star here last time, but now I have a big star. I have about 15 altogether, but they’re all small.

You also have a "Fuck" tattoo on one side of your rib cage.
I got that one two months ago…no, six.

What dating advice would you give Maxim readers?
I like a classy man, a gentleman who opens the door and gives flowers and always puts the lady first. I’m a little old-fashioned like that.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne