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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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