Meeting Avril Lavigne – 23rd September 2011

I have been an Avril Lavigne fan from day one – that is no exaggeration. In the summer  of 2002 I was on holiday in Florida when I first saw her music video. When I arrived back, I heard Complicated on the radio and I was instantly hooked. I’ve followed her career and music since then, and it has always been a dream of mine to meet her.

On the 23rd Septeber, this dream finally came true! I had been at her Manchester concert with my best friend Georgie and our Italian Bandaids friends Francesca and Alice. We knew that there was a possibility of meeting her all day – the girls had both birthday gifts and Bandaids projects to present to her. It was all very last minute, but I couldn’t believe it when we were finally told we were going in to meet her – just minutes before it happened!

It was after her gig, and we were taken (along with Lewis from Bandaids!) back into the venue, across the stage and through various backstage corridors. We all stopped in a corridor, and I thought we were due to go down a set of stairs. When we’d been standing for a minute or so, Avril appeared – I was speechless for about a 30 seconds whilst she said hi to everyone, then I asked for a hug!

The weirdest thing about it was that is wasn’t weird! I felt like I’d known her forever and met her before – she was JUST like I thought she would be! She was absolutely gorgeous in the flesh and small but not as short as I thought – but that is coming from someone a similar size! She chatted to the girls for a little bit about the tour – they’d all met her before and had a few things to chat about! I told her that her show had been incredible, and that I’d heard so many good things about the tour from Georgie.

Avril is super shy in person, which is really cute! As the time went by (I thought we were in there for about 5 minutes but it was more like 15!) she relaxed much more and we all ended up having a laugh! I told her about my YouTube channel and she said “Oh my God! That’s amazing!”. Her make up artist was standing behind us all, and Georgie said “that’s who you should be talking to!”. Me being me, I didn’t realise who he was, so I just gave him a big smile and wave and said “hiiiii!” – that made Avril laugh which was so cute!

I absolutely LOVED it when she turned right to me and said “Your hair is amazing”! Her sister-in-law, Amie, said “I was jut about to say that!” and we had another little laugh! I thanked her and had the biggest smile on my face!

We had a couple of photos with her, which was awesome! I put my arm around her in mine, which made her duck down a little, but I still love it!

Chyaz Samuel and Avril Lavigne

I also had a photo with her and Lewis – here’s us with and without him!

Chyaz Samuel and Avril Lavigne

Chyaz Samuel and Avril Lavigne

Afterwards, she gave us all hugs – TWO hugs from Avril Lavigne! I still can’t believe it all really happened, she was so lovely, down to earth and utterly sweet. I think it shows in the photos – she really relaxed around us and I felt like I’d known her (in person) for years!

Truly one of the best nights of my life – the gig was also incredible! Thank you Avril!

Chyaz xox

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  1. Lizzie
    September 24, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    omg!!! you look exactly like her!! i’m o jelous right now^^

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:33 pm

      Aww! Thank you 😀

  2. Phoebe
    September 24, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Omggggg, it sounds like you had an amazing night! Well jealous 😛 Haha. The photos are lush too!! 🙂 xx

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:33 pm

      It was great, and thank you 😀

  3. September 24, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    Ahwww, I’m truly happy for you Chyaz, you so deserve it! You’ve always wanted to meet her and now you finally have! Couldn’t be happier for you! 😀 Great photos, you two look lovely on it! 😀

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much for always being so kind Lisa <3

  4. Shazza
    September 24, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    GAHHHHHHHHH!
    *Dies of jealousy*
    She’s my idol, if that were me I’d be speechless
    You’re sooo lucky Chyaz!

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:34 pm

      Awwwww! Thank you! <3

  5. Kathleen
    September 24, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    Sooo jealous. But I’m happy for you. 😀

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:34 pm

      Thank you Kathleen 🙂

  6. Sammy
    September 24, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    I am sooo jelous but sooo happy for you as well lovey 🙂
    xx

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks sweetie! x

  7. Jasmin
    September 24, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    Oh my god, I’m sooo happy for you.
    IT’s crazy, that someone I “know” met AVRIL. I mean, it’s AVRIL LAVIGNE. I wish I was with you. Well, maybe one day… 😉

    But I can imagine how you felt. I got to talk to the singer of MY favourite band, Die Art. It’s a small, pretty unknown german band, and so it’s no big deal to meet the members, but I never ever imgined that could happen, so I was soo happy.
    But of course, Avril is somtething differnt than Makarios from Die Art. 🙂
    Oh, I’m so jealous… 🙂

    I love you, Chyaz.
    And I really can’t say, who’s prettier, you or Avril. 😉

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:35 pm

      Jasmin, you are SO sweet! Thank you for your lovely comment, it made me SMILE so much 😀 xxxx

  8. Jasmin
    September 24, 2011 / 8:11 pm

    I want to say sorry for all the mistakes in my last comment but I typed it in pretty quickly… 😉
    SORRY.

  9. September 24, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    Oh my god you’re so lucky!!!

  10. Sofie
    September 24, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    So so happy for you! You both look so cute in the picture! (:

    I went to Avril’s gig in Amsterdam and loved it, unfortunatly I didn’t get a chance to meet her, but maybe one day…

    • September 24, 2011 / 10:45 pm

      😀 thanks my lovely! Glad you loved the gig 😀

  11. chloe
    September 24, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    omg :O

  12. Lucia
    September 25, 2011 / 12:20 am

    Thanks for the review and glad you had such an amazing time with her. I can totally imagine that you had the feeling like you had known her forever…it seems like she’s a part of the family, at least for me it does.
    Hope you’ll get the chance to see her again soon. 😉

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:08 am

      It was just awesome 😀 😀 thanks sweetie xxx

  13. Chana
    September 25, 2011 / 12:26 am

    I’m sooo happy for you 🙂 we all know how much you love her and you deserve it so much <3

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Chana 🙂

  14. Soli
    September 25, 2011 / 4:24 am

    Truly, what an amazing hair of yours! If Av (or Amie!) ever said something like that to me, I’d definitely die :|. Can’t believe u (and the rest) r so lucky, i envy u haha. Though, reading ur review makes my hopes of knowing her, higher 😀 (I mean I know it’s totally imposible, but dreams are for free 😀 haha).

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:08 am

      Hehe! Aww thanks! I’m sure you will meet her one day 🙂 xxx

  15. Andy
    September 25, 2011 / 5:29 am

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Chyaz! I’m so glad you finally got a chance to met her – and in such a memorable way!

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:08 am

      😀 thank you Andy!

  16. September 25, 2011 / 11:04 am

    OMG! ur just amazing .<

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:09 am

      Avril’s the amazing one 😀

    • September 25, 2011 / 11:08 am

      Hehe 😀 Thanks Holly!!

  17. Miffy
    September 25, 2011 / 11:45 am

    WOW you’re soo lucky <3 hope you had a great time
    i went to the concert on wednesday and it was awesome

    • September 25, 2011 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you it was awesome 😀 glad you had a good time! xx

  18. Noora Ali
    September 25, 2011 / 12:11 pm

    I went to the Avrill Lavigne concert on the 22nd in London, and off course it was AWESOME and she looked stunning, but unfortunatley I didn’t get a chance to meet her (I don’t think anyone did on that day) but I’m SOO happy for you that you got a chance to FINALLY meet AVRIL as I know you have been waiting so long for the day to come. I have met her before when she came to the Avril Lavigne Q&A Fan event in London and we watched a 3D Video of What the Hell And she gave me a hug and signature. I was totally in shock! Speaking of a signature, did you finally get yours from Avril?? 😉 again, I am soo happy for you seriously xoxo

    • September 25, 2011 / 1:18 pm

      Aww I’m so glad you’ve met her before too! I didn’t ask for anything to be signed but I was more than happy to meet her and have a photo & chat! 🙂 xx

  19. Sari
    September 25, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    Oh god! I’m really happy for you! And you look so exited on the photos lol coff you’re prettier coff 😉

    • September 25, 2011 / 1:18 pm

      Aw thanks my lovely! x

  20. September 25, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    Wow! So amazing and love the pics! You are sooo lucky as you are such a big fan of hers!! Wouldn’t that just the biggest dream of mine to meet her too. I’m really happy for you though and i would of loved to be with you for that 15 minutes 🙂 btw your youtube vids are great and plz check mine out and we’re called avrilfans2 and our website. thnks xxx

    • September 25, 2011 / 1:18 pm

      Thanks my lovely, I will check it out! x

  21. Deanna
    September 25, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    OMG I amSOOOOOO freakin jealuse of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is amazing and I always here everyone say how sweet she is when ppl meet her! You are so lucky! and SHE complimented you HAIR! How awsome is that! hahaha I’m just so jealouse of all of you guys but so glad you had fun!

    • September 29, 2011 / 11:31 pm

      Aww thank you!! x

    • September 29, 2011 / 11:31 pm

      😀 😀 thanks Sarah!

  22. Tasja
    September 25, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    Wow you two both look the same you could be sisters x I wish I could meet her I have been her fan for ever x

    • September 29, 2011 / 11:31 pm

      Ah wow, thanks! I hope you can someday 🙂

  23. Sam
    September 29, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    That is so awesome! You are so lucky that you got to meet her! 😀 I wanna see her in concert but I don’t know when she’s coming to the USA!!!

    • September 29, 2011 / 11:32 pm

      aww I hope it’s soon, and thanks! x

  24. cazzycasey
    September 29, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    omg looks like you had a good time and avril was bril xx 😀

    • September 29, 2011 / 11:32 pm

      I did, thank you so much 😀 x

  25. Gina
    September 29, 2011 / 11:57 pm

    omg!!!!!!! ur ssoooo lucky girl!!! i m a big fan of avril but my parents wont let me go to her concerts! so jealous 😀

    • September 30, 2011 / 9:29 am

      Aww sweetie, I hope you get to go someday! x

  26. September 30, 2011 / 1:12 am

    Wow! That is very cool Chyaz! <3 I am really happy for you! Meeting Avril is one of my dreams as well! I am very glad for you to have accomplished your dream! 🙂
    xoxo Lindsee

    • September 30, 2011 / 9:33 am

      Thanks Linds 🙂 🙂 I really hope you get to meet her some day!!! x

  27. bryce
    September 30, 2011 / 5:08 am

    Dear,Chyaz if you got the chance of a lifetime to work for avril lavigne what kind of work would you do?

    • September 30, 2011 / 9:33 am

      It would have to be being in her band 🙂

  28. Katrina
    September 30, 2011 / 7:33 am

    AW! thats soooo cool! ive never met her or been to a concert but i have always loved her! <3 I am so glad you got to finally meet her! maybe you will be able to meet her again! 🙂 i remember the first time i met my favorite NASCAR racer! ha! i thought id be all "OMGH!" around him but then i was actually pretty calm lol. went ice skating with him a year later and could talk to him like normal. weird how that happens! but it helps when its personality! 🙂 Thats amazing you could meet her! <3

    • September 30, 2011 / 9:33 am

      😀 aww! That is super cool for you 😀 thanks sweetie xx

  29. Sheena
    September 30, 2011 / 8:01 am

    You are so lucky! I would have loved to have met her.

    • September 30, 2011 / 9:34 am

      <3 I hope you get to some day! x

  30. Olivia
    September 30, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    OMG…..I want to meet her too….You are sooo lucky!
    I am happy for you :)…..and actually you look like almost like her! 🙂 🙂

  31. October 1, 2011 / 5:24 am

    you guys look like you could be sisters! that’s amazing you got to meet your idol. you’re such an amazing and lucky girl, Chyaz. can’t stress that enough. 🙂 i look up to you a lot because you’re so confident. if i met my idol (Gerard Way) oh my goodness, no words would be able to come out of my mouth.

  32. Gloria
    October 1, 2011 / 11:58 am

    SOO AWESOMEEE!! ^^ congrats about getting to meet her after all these years!! 😀
    last friday I also got to watch my idols in concert, haha! 😀

    hope you feel better soon btw! )’: <3

  33. ana
    October 2, 2011 / 12:25 am

    I also have been an Avril Lavigne fan from day one.

  34. Ingrid
    October 2, 2011 / 4:39 am

    Your sooo lucky you got to meet her, i’ve also been a fan since 2002 and is my dream to meet her too, you gave me hope! haha

  35. Ericka
    October 2, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    I’m going to her show on October 13 (I think) and I’d LOVE to be able to meet her! I wish the bigger stars such as herself would do more meet and greets 🙁

  36. Lara
    October 3, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    heya x omg ur sooo lucky u got to meet her! when i saw the pic zoomed out i didnt know who was who! u look just like her!

  37. marina
    October 4, 2011 / 1:59 am

    vejo seus videos! você é muito linda e faz maquiagens lindas…. queria ter essa sorte que nem você sou louca pra conhecer a Avril também mas pra mim é quase impossível, fora de cogitação… canto as musicas dela pela minha cidade e faço apresentações por aqui. você é demais!

  38. Jessi
    October 4, 2011 / 8:09 am

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! u r soo luckyyyy u got to mee avril lavigne ! i wish she would come back to Ohio so i can meet i thought i would never have a chance u have given meh hope and u r my hero. <3 u no h.m u r just amazing a nd just soo luckyy..

  39. Co.oL-_-Deep
    October 5, 2011 / 11:02 pm

    O.M.G. God!! Your are so lucky. I’m dying to see her.
    I’m happy cau’s she is so friendly as I thought.
    That’s why she is my Idol.

  40. Maygen
    October 6, 2011 / 1:23 am

    im suprised how alike you two look! you are SO lucky!
    – i bet you had the most amazing time :):D

  41. andre
    October 6, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    Omg, how did u manage that, unbelievably jealous right now, im gonna cry!

  42. October 7, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    OMG, I’M SOOOOO JEALOUS, we were gonna go on 23rd september, but we couldn’t ‘cos the tickets had all sold out, D’: u’re soooo lucky, 😀

  43. KymB
    October 7, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    This is so awesome! You and Avril look like sisters. The pics are so lovely! I’m a huge fan of Avril and her amazing music.

  44. Amy-Avril
    October 8, 2011 / 1:08 am

    Omg!! I was going to meet her 1day.
    I won a competition to meet her and go to her concert,
    so I had heaps of fun at the concert but I didn’t get to meet her 🙁
    I was so disapointed because it’s my dream to meet her
    and when i heard i won i like almost fainted
    haahaha
    You’re so lucky though 🙂 xx

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