Avril Lavigne Gets Candid About Personal Battle With Lyme Disease

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There was a time when Avril Lavigne’s life and career in music was rather clear-cut. She would have hits and get married and eventually live a life that many only dream of.

Yet, then 2014 hit, and everything changed.

It was in that year that the “Girlfriend” hitmaker watched helplessly as she was stopped in her tracks by health struggles. “I’m achy, I’m fatigued, I cannot get the fu** out of bed,” Lavigne recalls in a fiery new interview with Billboard magazine. “What the fu** is wrong with me?”

What was wrong with her was Lyme disease, and it’s what ultimately kept her in bed and out of the public eye for over two years.

“It’s a bug — a spirochete — so you take these antibiotics, and they start killing it,” Lavigne explains. “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 fu**ed.”

Of course, things are starting to look up for the former skater chick. Recently, the California native has released a brand new song “Head Above Water,” partly inspired by the painful journey that she now hopes is behind her.

“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.”