Avril’s post-divorce disease
THE star was bedridden for two years while she learnt how to live with the condition.
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