Don't go searching for an Avril Lavigne/ Deryck Whibley wedding registry just yet.
Contradicting reports out of the U.K., Whibley's camp denies that the Sum 41 frontman is engaged to Lavigne. "Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 is not engaged," Sum 41's management said in a statement issued Wednesday (September 15). "Deryck and his friends are constantly followed by paparazzi. The recent 'breaking news' that has been misconstrued around the world exemplifies the media's constant invasion of people's personal lives and reporting of unsubstantiated rumors and/or appearances."
Lavigne's camp says it has a policy of not commenting on her personal life.
London's Sun tabloid got the ball rolling with a report, attributed to a friend of the couple, that said Whibley got down on one knee and popped the question to Lavigne this past weekend in California. The rumor caught more fire when Lavigne turned up at rehearsals for Monday's 2004 World Music Awards wearing an impressive rock on the ring finger of her left hand.
Fans of both artists are abuzz with reaction to the news. On the whole, Sum 41 supporters seem to be less than enthused that Whibley may have taken the plunge ("I hate Avril ... she pisses the nose excrement outta me," wrote a fan on Sum 41's official message board), but others seem content to speculate on what Whibley's bandmates will get the couple as an engagement present.
Over at ALavigne.com, Avril fans are taking a "we're happy if she's happy" approach to things. "I think that it's great she's found a nice guy to marry," wrote one fan. "I think they make a cute couple, and if they get married that'd be cute," added another.
So, are they or aren't they? Perhaps Avril will put the rumors to rest Wednesday night when she performs at the World Music Awards in Las Vegas. Then again, don't count on it.