Avril Lavigne has discussed the recent revelation of her Lyme Disease diagnosis.
Last year, the singer had revealed she was suffering from an undisclosed health problem. Lavigne posted a message to a fan on Twitter, admitting to “health issues”, writing: “I feel bad because I haven’t been able to say anything to the fans to let them no [sic] why I’ve been absent. I’m torn as I’m quite private…. I’m not feeling well. I’m having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers.”
Speaking to People, the pop star said she believed she caught the disease after being bitten by a tick last year. “I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” Lavigne said. “My friends asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ I didn’t know. I had no idea a bug bite could do this… I was bedridden for five months.”
She added: “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying. There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
Lavigne said that she’s feeling “80% better” following the illness, continuing: “this was a wake-up call. I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.”
Following rumours surrounding the singer’s health, Lavigne was forced to deny reports that she was in rehab, stating that “the only thing I’m addicted to right now is Bing Crosby”.
Lavigne released her last, self-titled album in 2013. It followed 2011’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’. ‘Avril Lavigne’ featured ‘Let Me Go’, a duet with her husband, Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger, as well ‘Bad Girl’, which featured Marilyn Manson.