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Avril Lavigne: I’m Battling Lyme Disease

Avril Lavigne has been under the weather for the past few months, and it sounds more serious than she initially let on.

In the “Complicated” singer’s cover story with PEOPLE, she revealed that she’s been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, explaining that she believes she was bitten by a tick last spring.

Lavigne, who says she was bedridden for five months, adds, “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying.”

While she stayed vague about the illness she was suffering from, the singer did keep her fans posted with little details about her health.

“Thank you to all the fans for the sweet get well messages and all the tweets. I appreciate the lovely notes and well wishes from everyone,” she tweeted in December.

In February, she wrote that she was writing a new song from bed, a month after tweeting that her new song lyrics were helping her “get through this.”

Avril also wrote back to some fans who inquired about updates:

[email protected]: @AvrilLavigne are u still sick Avril?” Yeah :(— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) February 7, 2015


Troy Frisby is a pop culture writer who is obsessed with anything even remotely related to TV (anything with a script), pop music (anything with a beat) and Rose McGowan (no exceptions).