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