After months of speculation over unnamed “health issues,” Avril Lavigne has finally disclosed her mysterious illness. The Canadian signer has revealed that she’s been suffering from a severe case of Lyme disease, telling People magazine, “I thought I was dying.”
The songstress first realized something was amiss in October 2014, when she felt under the weather while hosting her 30th birthday bash in Las Vegas.
“I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she tells the magazine. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."
Finally, after months of feeling exhausted and ill, the Napanee, Ont. native received her diagnosis: Lyme disease, which was contracted from a tick that she believes bit her sometime in spring 2014.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she says. "I was bedridden for five months."
"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she adds. "I thought I was dying."
The pop star says she spent nearly half a year at her home in Ontario recuperating. Her mother moved in to help take care of her, while her husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, stopped in as often as he could between tour stops in order to be with his sick wife.
"There were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand," says Avril. "It felt like having all your life sucked out of you."
Fans soon noticed that the singer had been quiet on her social media channels, with many tweeting out their concern. Avril replied to one via direct private message to say that she wasn't feeling well, leading to a surge of get well messages – which she admits she was "touched so deeply by.”
After a long recovery process, Avril says she is now feeling "80 per cent better" and described the ordeal as a "wake-up call."
The star's illness came amid rumours that she had split from her 40-year-old Canadian rocker beau, however, the couple have since said that there is no truth to the reports.
"I really just want to enjoy life from here on out,” says Avril.