Avril Lavigne is in a "really good place" right now.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

The 'Complicated' hitmaker is getting "stronger and stronger" as she battles Lyme disease and definitely has more energy than before.

The source said: "Avril is in a really good place right now. Her recovery has been going well and she's been getting stronger and stronger. She has more energy and has even been exercising."

And the 32-year-old singer is said to be growing close to J.R and things "seem to be headed in a romantic direction" for the pair.

The insider added: "J.R. is a producer she's been working with. He's respected in the industry. Lately, they've started hanging out socially and there's definitely chemistry there. They're both so passionate about music. They've been out a few times now and things seem to be headed in a romantic direction."

And fans should be pleased as Avril is thought to be releasing new music by the end of 2017.

A source told E! News: "She should be releasing new music by the end of the year. It's been a slow process.

"She writes her own material and she's been through a lot with her marriage and her illness. She has a lot to say."

Back in December 2016, Avril announced she would be releasing new music in 2017.

She wrote on Instagram: "Hi Everyone!! I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past 2 years. It hasn't just been a hard battle but it's also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally.

"I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation. I'm really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017. I can't wait to open up and share my heart with you! I'm excited for you guys to hear the new songs. It's going to be an amazing 2017! (sic)"

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