Just a few weeks after revealing her secret battle with Lyme disease, Avril Lavigne has debuted a new music video for her next single, “Fly.” The track – which features the uplifting lyrics, "There's a light inside of all of us / soon you'll find that it's your time to fly" – not only benefits the Special Olympics World Games, but also helped the singer cope with her debilitating illness.
In a new phone interview with Good Morning America on Thursday (April 16), the Canadian songstress spoke out about Lyme disease and how difficult it was for her to get diagnosed.
"I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it," she said. "I actually knew I had it the whole time, probably since the summer, and was just up against a lot of doctors telling me, ‘You’re crazy.' Some of them were like, ‘It doesn’t exist.'"
Avril was forced to step out of the limelight after contracting a severe case of the disease from a tick bite late last year. After months of speculation and rumours over her health, the 30-year-old Napanee, Ont. native finally revealed her illness to the public.
Now, the singer is on the road to recovery and hopeful about her future. Not only is she releasing new music, but Avril says her illness was a "wake-up call" that changed her outlook on life.
Avril looks happy and healthy in the new music video for "Fly"
“I believe that I will come out of this healthier and stronger than I was before,” she said. “ I’ve gained a lot of perspective on my life. I’ve never had so much downtime, so it’s been good in that sense and I’m really just choosing to look at the positives.”
The “Fly” music video reflects Avril’s new zest for life and features clips of Special Olympics athletes competing and giving it their all.
Wearing a pink hoodie, a single strand of pearls and her blond hair in a ponytail, Avril appears in a recording studio in the video, where she belts out the song’s uplifting lyrics into a pink microphone.
“It’s just about inner strength and courage,” the signer said of the song, which she wrote several years ago for her foundation after partnering with the Special Olympics. “This song took on a whole new meaning for me during the time that I’ve been sick, which was pretty magical.”