Avril’s post-di­vorce dis­ease

THE star was bedrid­den for two years while she learnt how to live with the con­di­tion.

People (South Africa) - - Contents - BY EL BROIDE

AVRIL LAV­I­GNE took an ex­tended break from the lime­light and mu­sic for the past few years and while we thought the star had sim­ply taken an ex­tended hia­tus af­ter her di­vorce from Nick­le­back front­man Chad Kroeger, she re­veals that she was di­ag­nosed with Lyme dis­ease af­ter weeks of feel­ing in­cred­i­ble fa­tigue and achy.

In a re­cent in­ter­view Avril re­veals, “I was in bed for f***ing two years. It’s a bug – a spiro­chete – so you take these an­tibi­otics, and they start killing it. But it’s a smart bug: it morphs into a cys­tic form, so you have to take other an­tibi­otics at the same time. It went un­di­ag­nosed for so long that I was kind of f***ed.”

The star, who just re­leased her come­back sin­gle

Head Above Wa­ter, re­calls a night when she was ly­ing in bed with her mother and was strug­gling to breathe.

“I had ac­cepted that I was dy­ing,” she says. “And

I felt in that mo­ment like I was un­der­wa­ter and drown­ing, and I was try­ing to come up to gasp for air. And lit­er­ally un­der my breath, I was like, ‘God, help me keep my head above the wa­ter.’”

That was what in­spired her new sin­gle, which has be­come one of her most suc­cess­ful tracks this decade.

The star adds that the di­ag­no­sis forced her to take time off and while it was hor­ri­ble deal­ing with the dis­ease, to­day, she feels re­freshed.

“The sil­ver lin­ing of it is that I’ve re­ally had the time to be able to just be present, in­stead of be­ing, like, a ma­chine: stu­dio, tour, stu­dio, tour,” she says. “This is the first break I’ve ever taken since I was 15.”

A lot is still un­known about Lyme dis­ease which is why Avril left it un­di­ag­nosed for a very long time. How­ever, now that she got the help she needed, she is feel­ing stronger and hap­pier – some­thing we’re in­cred­i­bly happy to hear!

Avril and Chad

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