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Avril Lavigne spotted kissing billionaire beau in Italy

Avril Lavigne is getting close to her new, billionaire beau in Italy.

E! News reported Thursday the 33-year-old singer was spotted kissing Phillip Sarofim during a romantic stroll Wednesday in Lake Como.

A photo shows Sarofim embracing Lavigne as they share a smooch during the outing. The singer wore a white dress and pink hat, while Sarofim sported a polo shirt, shorts and baseball cap.

The show of PDA comes amid Lavigne's return to the spotlight. She largely retreated from public life after being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014.

"[She] purposely lived a quiet life," People said in its June 11 issue.

Lavigne was first linked to Sarofim, the son of Texas businessman Fayez Sarofim, in May. Sources told E! News at the time that the couple were introduced by mutual friends at a dinner party.

The "Sk8er Boi" singer was previously married to Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. She confirmed plans for a new album, her first since 2013's Avril Lavigne, in September.

"I just want to thank everyone for their patience as I work on putting together this new album. It's been a long recovery and I want to make sure that this is perfect for you guys!" the star said, referencing her illness.

By Annie Martin

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