Avril Lavigne says she is battling Lyme disease … and that is the reason why she has not been seen in public for almost a year now.
Shortly after releasing her controversial video Hello Kitty last April, the Canadian singer suddenly disappeared from public view, leading to speculations and false reports that she was in rehab and had split from her husband, Nickelback star Chad Kroeger.
Now in a new interview with People,the 30-year old revealed that she was ‘bedridden for five months’ by Lyme disease – a neurological infection caused by a tick bite.
‘I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,’ she said of her experience with the disease. ‘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.’
She however, says she feels ‘80% better now,’ and will soon return to her usual music business. She also thanked her fans who sent her ‘touching’ messages during her worst times.