Chantal Kreviazuk, the fellow Canadian singer/songwriter who dismissed collaborator Avril Lavigne's songwriting skills in an interview in the June issue of Performing Songwriter magazine has retracted her comments.

"I would like to apologize for any misconceptions concerning Avril Lavigne, which may have resulted from statements I made in my interview with Performing Songwriter Magazine," said Kreviazuk in a statement.

"My statements and any inference from my statements, which call into question Avril's ethics or ability as a respected and acclaimed songwriter should be disregarded and are retracted. Avril is an accomplished songwriter and it has been my privilege to work with her."

On her Web site posted July 6, Lavigne had hit back, "Chantal's comments are damaging to my reputation and a clear defamation of my character and I am considering taking legal action."

Both acts are managed by Nettwerk Management in Vancouver.