Avril LavigneWhen it comes to making a marriage work, you know that old saying: The couple that doesn't drink when they're not together stays together. Wait, is that a saying? Not sure, but singer Avril Lavigne and her husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, have made it theirs. The couple say they plan to keep their marriage together because they've got some pretty strict rules. 1) No nightclubs. 2) No drinking when they're apart. Considering they are both rock stars, that's probably not such a bad idea. But you gotta wonder ... does this mean they don't really trust each other?

Kroeger told People magazine:

We don't drink when we're apart. Ever. Even if we're apart for weeks.

And Avril added: "We want to protect what we have."

As for nightclubs, Kroeger explains: "We don't want to go anywhere that you're asking for trouble. I don’t want to be in Europe texting her, like 'Where are you?' This way we don't have to worry about any of that stuff."

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Considering how many celebrity marriages have crashed on the shoals of partying, booze, nightclubs, and cheating, this sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I do wonder about the drinking rule though. I get not getting smashed when your spouse isn't around, but what about a glass of wine with dinner? A beer with your pals?

I suppose that could be a slippery slope though. One wine cooler with your best friend could so easily turn into a two-day Krokodil-fueled rager. (Right?)

Although it's ideal if the trust in a relationship is so sound that each party can do whatever they want with no issues, most couples aren't like that. There's usually some pocket of insecurity that needs to be worked through. Whether it's never contacting an ex; not being on Facebook; sharing passwords, etc. These are things that, over time, should build up trust to the point where they're not needed anymore.

Given that Avril and Chad know what it's like to be on the road, understand the temptations, and have probably already done the tempestuous relationships that crashed and burned over jealousy issues and partying -- these rules may sound overly harsh, but they're pretty mature too. I'm thinking these two stand a chance!

Do you have any rules about drinking when you're not around your spouse?

 

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