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In­ter­view by KATHY MCCABE

You fell off the radar in the past few years – and re­cently re­vealed you were ac­tu­ally bedrid­den with Lyme dis­ease. Do you know how you con­tracted it? I was def­i­nitely do­ing a lot of four-wheel­ing and hik­ing. All that stuff in the woods. What was it like be­ing forced to slow down? I no­ticed in a way that hav­ing a break was a good thing. I had never had one from when I started as a teenager [Lav­i­gne is now 34], al­ways go­ing from stu­dio to tour­ing. And tour­ing and tour­ing. Is your health some­thing you now have to be vig­i­lant about? I will have to be. There was a time when my health was to­tally taken away from me, but now to be back – to make a whole en­tire record and shoot mu­sic videos and do photo shoots and start per­form­ing again – that makes me re­ally happy. I can’t be­lieve how much I missed that. It’s who I am. When I went down, I thought, “Well, I guess I’m not go­ing to work any­more, this is over.” And when I was in bed re­cov­er­ing, with­out even think­ing about mak­ing a record, I just started writ­ing songs, nat­u­rally. That was cool for me to ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause it told me that no mat­ter what, mu­sic is in me. It’s not forced, it’s just there and it’s a part of who I am. Your first sin­gle back, ‘Head Above Wa­ter’, is a bal­lad that re­quires a pow­er­ful voice. Were you sur­prised that yours wasn’t af­fected by be­ing ill? I was ac­tu­ally con­cerned that when I would get back up and start singing, I would have to strengthen and sing for a while to get my voice back to where it was. But I think this re­set worked for me emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally. Go­ing down so hard with some­thing like that re­set a lot. I feel very proud – vic­to­ri­ous that I went through that, and now here I am. I’m re­ally glad my first song back is about that ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­cause how could it not be? Was it hard to get through the record­ing ses­sion? I re­mem­ber there was a point where [ex-hus­band and

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