Avril Lavigne is back and better than ever – both musically and physically.
In a candid interview with Billboard, the Canadian songstress opens up about her intense battle with Lyme disease, sharing how it inspired her new song “Head Above Water”, her first single in almost five years.
“I was in bed for f***ing two years,” Lavigne shares of her battle with the infectious disease. “It’s a bug – a spirochete – so you take these antibiotics, and they start killing it.”
“I had accepted that I was dying,” she adds. “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’s when it all clicked for the 34-year-old and she began penning her newest single.
“I was able to write songs from my bed, and ‘Head Above Water’ is a song that I wrote a night that I felt like I was actually dying and had kind of accepted it,” Lavigne tells Billboard. “Definitely wasn’t planning on writing in that moment, but I went through something so heavy and so emotional.”
The “Complicated” singer hopes that “Head Above Water” will touch other people in a positive way, as the song is so important to her.
“We all have stuff that we go through on different levels, and [I am] just happy and grateful to have had music through this entire process,” she says. “Especially through fighting a disease and having my art to pull me out of everything that goes with battling a disease.”
Fans can look forward to more music from Lavigne, as a new album is set to debut in early 2019.