Just earlier this week Avril announced the title and release date of her newest album, Love Sux. The upcoming record is due to hit store shelves on February 25, and will continue the star’s journey of rediscovering her pop-punk roots. However, her most recent album was extremely different to her previous work. The largely melancholy work was written with the diagnosis she received in the late 2010s in mind.
In 2018 Avril announced to her fans on her website that she had been suffering from Lyme Disease for years. She wrote in a candid message: “Five years have gone by since I released my last album. I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme Disease. Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of.” After breaking the news, the Canadian singer announced she would be releasing her sixth studio album, Head Above Water, later that year on February 15, 2019. As she mentioned in her letter, this was her first album to be released since her fifth record, Avril Lavigne, six years prior in 2013.
Lavigne revealed she contracted Lyme Disease from a tick bite she suffered in Spring 2014. The NHS website says the disease can cause its victims to suffer extreme tiredness, aches, loss of energy, and debilitating fatigue. People often go years without being properly diagnosed as the disease is mistaken for other ailments including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Avril explained how at the height of her disease she “accepted death” and was ready to give up.
Avril added that she “prayed to god” in her darkest time. She said: “Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story.” Avril then explained how she met the “beautiful soul” Travis Clark, who featured on the song, who helped her “sculpt the rest of the song”.
After receiving treatment for Lyme Disease Avril opened up about her recovery. She beamed: “I’m doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress. I’m just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery.”
Avril went on to make a full recovery from Lyme Disease she decided to give back to her fans and the disease community.
She later opened The Avril Lavigne Foundation, a charity that supports people with Lyme Disease.
Avril Lavigne – Love Sux is due for release on February 25.