Avril Lavigne tells people to stop making fun of Nickelback

Lavigne married singer Chad Kroeger in 2013 before their split two years later

Avril Lavigne has defended Nickelback, the band fronted by her estranged husband Chad Kroeger.

Lavigne and Kroeger married in July 2013 before announcing their split after two years of marriage in September 2015. Despite their break-up, the pair appear to have remained friends and recently were pictured making music together.

Lavigne has now called out critics of the rock group, specifically referring to a E! News story about a new survey that claimed the only thing people hate more than Nickelback is Donald Trump.

Taking to Twitter, Lavinge wrote: “Hey @ENews and everyone writing these articles… grow up… this is extremely rude and uncalled for”.

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She continued to point out the success of the group, saying that the band are “adored by millions worldwide”.

“Enough is enough! You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind,” the singer added. See her tweets in full below.

Lavigne confirmed the couple’s split last year with a message reading: “It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we’ve created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support.”