Singer Avril Lavigne, who recently paid $9.5 million to purchase the 12,184-square-foot, Tuscan-style mansion in Los Angeles' Bel-Air community that rocker Travis Barker of Blink-182 owned from 2004 to 2006, now is denying having made the purchase--even though public records point to her as its buyer.

The current edition of InTouch Weekly reports that Lavigne told an unspecified audience (or reporter) on April 17, "Recently I've heard that I've bought this new house in L.A. and I didn't. But people say things, and it goes away a week later."

While we're huge fans of Lavigne's music, we have two reactions to Lavigne's comments: 1) Rock 'n' rollers aren't often known for telling the truth; and 2) we will predict that the interest in her new house, at 2180 Stratford Circle in Bel-Air, won't just "go away," particularly given how well-known the property is (Barker filmed his MTV reality series in the house) and also given that Lavigne still is in the process of trying to sell her five-bedroom, 6,864-square-foot mansion at 3331 Clerendon Road in the celebrity-heavy Mulholland Estates neighborhood above Beverly Hills.

Check out all our past coverage of Lavigne's real-estate activity here and here. In the meantime, we'll continue to keep you posted on any developments related to this issue.