Who is Mod Sun? Avril Lavigne's musician fiance had previously dated Bella Thorne
In the photos they shared on Instagram, Mod Sun can been seen kneeling and asking Avril to be his wife with a heart-shaped diamond ring in hand
After a year of dating, Avril Lavigne has got engaged to rock musician Mod Sun. On Thursday, April 7, the 37-year-old Canadian Songwriter took to Instagram to announce the news through a series of photos from the Paris proposal.
In the photos, Mod Sun can been seen kneeling and asking Avril to be his wife with a heart-shaped diamond ring in hand. The Eiffel Tower in the backdrop created the perfect romantic setting as he popped the question. Avril proclaimed her love in French. “Oui! Je t’aime pour toujours Dimanche. 27. Mars. 2022. (yes, I love you forever. 27 March 2022) (sic),” she wrote.
The engagement happened on March 27. Avril was dressed entirely in black, her orange-dipped blonde hair falling over her shoulders as she gazed down on Mod Sun. He was dressed in a black leather jacket and jeans that matched.
Who is Mod Sun?
Mod Sun also shared a similar set of pictures on his Instagram account, with a heartfelt message for the bride-to-be: "The day we met I knew you were the one. Together forever til our days are done. I had a dream where I proposed in paris. I pulled out a ring + asked you to wear it. I was on one knee as I looked in your eyes. You’re too beautiful for my words to describe. I grabbed your hand + took one last breath… I said 'will you marry me?' + she said 'yes,'" he wrote. "I love you Avril ❤️."
The singer, songwriter, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist is 35 years old. He was born in Minnesota on March 10, 1987 and his real name is Derek Ryan Smith. The unique stage name — Mod Sun — is an acronym for a sentiment. The letters in his name stand for Moement on Dreams, Stand under None.
Mod Sun has a long dating history, and Bella Thorne was one of his notable girlfriends. The two began dating in 2017 and the two were were in an open polyamourous relationship — Bella was also dating YouTube star and influencer Tana Mongeau at the same time. The three even had a "3 ways couple" Halloween costume.
Mod Sun and Bella ended their relationship in under two years and their split was announced on Instagram. “I will always love you. All good things must come to an end,” Bella had said in an Instagram post.
Avril has been married twice previously, first to Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and then to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.
The perfect proposal
After announcing the engagement Avril spoke about the 'most perfect' propral. "It was the most perfect, romantic proposal I could ever ask for. We were in Paris on a boat in the Seine River. We had a violin player, champagne and roses. It felt like time stood still, and it was just the two of us in the moment," Avril told People.
Mod Sun met Avril while they were both working on her latest album, "Love Sux," which continues Avril's punk-pop aesthetic. Within the first week of composing together, they "had a very strong unstoppable connection," according to the "Girlfriend" singer. "I look forward to having fun, creating, working together, touring together, growing together," Avril said.
The heart-shaped ring
Mod Sun popped the question with a custom-designed, heart-shaped ring set in a royal setting with little hearts from XIV Karats from Beverly Hills. "It has the words 'Hi Icon' engraved in it, which were the first words he ever said to me. And it has Mod + Avril on the inside," Avril to People. "He knew from the very beginning I wanted a heart shaped diamond because on the day we met, we had matching heart shaped paved rings on. We've worn them every day since, so its only fitting to have a heart-shaped engagement ring. I love it so much."