After contracting a severe case of Lyme disease that left her bedridden for months, Avril Lavigne is determined to move forward with her life and career. The 30-year-old singer, who had been suffering a “mysterious illness” for nearly half a year, finally disclosed her secret health battle with fans last week.
Now, the Canadian songstress says she’s ready to step back into the spotlight in earnest, telling Billboard magazine that she’s eager to focus on “passion projects” this time around.
Avril says her illness has given her new perspective. Photo © Getty
"I haven't stopped working since I was 15," she says. "Just to have this downtime, this time spent with my family, has been really good for me just to take a step back and look at my life, and really get to see who in my life is really there for me when I need them.”
She adds: "I've had a lot of time to just think and I've never been so clear before or as close to my family. So there's been a lot of good that has come out of it. And moving forward, I'm really clear on what I want in life."
The Napanee, Ont. native – who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger – teases some of her upcoming projects, including a possible holiday record à la Mariah Carey or fellow Canadian crooner Michael Bublé.
The songstress says she'd love to release a Christmas album. Photo © Getty
"I've always wanted to make a Christmas album, but I've never had the time," she says. "But now it's like, 'You know what, just do it!' Because that's something I really want to do, so that's going to be next for me."
And that’s not all. Avril has big plans to break into the movie industry, though she’s coy on the details – "I've got a couple things lining up right now, so of course I can't say [which film],” she says. “I'm figuring out a couple things."
Although Hollywood films and Christmas carols aren't likely to happen any time soon, the singer does have a new single coming out on April 16 called “Fly,” with proceeds going towards the Special Olympics through her Avril Lavigne Foundation.