This whole "Avril Lavigne getting engaged to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger" thing might seem like a huge surprise to fans, but a secret isn't that hard to keep when no one's paying attention. I mean, congrats to the happy couple! Lavigne, 27, and Kroeger, 37, confirmed yesterday that this isn't an internet hoax—Kroeger popped the question (with a 14-carat diamond!) earlier this month and Avril said yes, hopefully making things a little less complicated for her. This will be Avril's second time to the altar (following her three-year marriage to Sum 41's Deryck Whibley), and Chad's first.
While we wish nothing but lifelong happiness and a never-ending supply of cool graphic tees for the Candian rockers, we're still going to need a minute to process the news. How did it slip by practically the entire Internet that two of Canada's most important musical treasures were dating?! We explore in our timeline of this whirlwind romance below.
February 2012: It begins! Avril tweets a photo of the new extra-friendly friends together in the studio with the caption, "Bro'ing out with Chad Kroeger in the studio." How all great romances begin: as bromances.
April 2012: Chad Kroeger speaks to K104.7 on working with Avril. Kroeger admits he was impressed by not only Avril's musical "tricks in her arsenal" but also her ability to "pound vodka," "for a girl of her stature." True love's a-brewin'...
May 2012: The pair are spotted together in Paris. Chad and Avril had yet to go on record as a couple, so I say, "Blame France!" How could the pair not fall in love in the City of Light? I think you could fall in love with a loaf of bread there.
August 2012: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger engaged! Hey, when you know, you know.
...and just so we're clear, Avril and Chad aren't the first (or last) stars to rushing into things. From Brit & KFed to Pam & Tommy Lee, check out Fuse's 15 favorite quickie engagements!