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Where is Avril Lavigne now, what are the Head Above Water song lyrics and what has she said about Lyme disease? | The Sun

Feb 24, 2023

NOUGHTIES icon Avril Lavigne remains one of Canada's most successful artists, having sold an estimated 40 million albums worldwide.

However, she was diagnosed with debilitating Lyme disease in 2014.


Who is Avril Lavigne?

Avril Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984, and is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress.

She was a skate punk icon at her height and her debut studio album Let Go is the best-selling album of the 21st century by a Canadian artist.

The record contained hit singles Complicated and Sk8er Boi.

Her success was followed with Under My Skin, The Best Damn Thing, Goodbye Lullaby and Avril Lavigne in 2013.

Lavigne has also tried her hand at acting and voiced Heather in the animated film Over the Hedge.

Her net worth is estimated to be a whopping $60million.

What is Avril Lavigne doing now?

After releasing her album Avril Lavigne in 2013, the singer took a step back from making music until she released her latest album Head Above Water in 2018.

On her return to public life on September 7, 2018, Avril Lavigne revealed in a heartbreaking open letter to her fans that she has been battling Lyme disease for the past few years.

The pop-rock star left the spotlight after being diagnosed with the life-threatening illness in 2015.

The shocking news put to rest the cruel rumours that Avril had died in 2003 and was replaced by her "best friend" Melissa Vandella.

The bizarre rumour recirculated last year as theorists analysed the shape of Avril’s nose, her autograph and her voice – which they claim has had a different tone since 2003.

Lavigne and her ex-Mod Sun shocked fans when they publicly announced they called off their engagement, almost a year after he proposed.

When was Avril Lavigne diagnosed with Lyme disease?

The 38-year-old contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite in spring 2014 and was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014.

In 2018, Avril revealed she had "accepted death" at her worst point battling the disease, suggesting the process was far longer and more difficult than fans might have realised.

She said: "Five years have gone by since I released my last album.

"I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme disease.

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"Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles.

"I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down – I felt like I was drowning.

"Like I was going underwater and I just needed to come up for air.

"Like I was in a river being pulled in a current, unable to breathe."

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