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Singer Avril Lavigne Opens up About Her Health Battle

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Avril Lavigne opened up about her long health battle in a recent interview with PEOPLE.

 The singer revealed that she spent four years out of the spotlight due to health complications. She explained that her health deteriorated because she was suffering from Lyme disease.

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Lavigne told the outlet that she was bedridden for two years. “I’ve gone through so much. It gave me a purpose and made me find myself all over again.”

“When you go through something like that, you realize how fulfilling simple things are — things I could do anymore, like being able to get up in the morning and go to the kitchen and grab a cup of coffee,” she said. “It taught me patience; it taught me being more present. That was a beautiful lesson.”

She said she prayed for relief, “I’m a very spiritual person, and I definitely did turn to God during that experience.”

“Music really lifted me up and made me feel better,” she expressed. “I was able to take a hard time in my life and make the best out of a circumstance that was I was going through. … At first I didn’t know I was making an album — I just naturally turned to songwriting in a time of healing.”

Lavigne stated that she treated the disease with antibiotics and herbs. Now, her health is up and down but she tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “I’m in a good place. It’s important to live your life to the fullest every day.”

Lavigne also talked about the upcoming release her sixth album, Head Above Water. Lavigne took to Instagram to share her excitement.

She posted a photo of herself underwater and wrote, “3 days until #HeadAboveWateris here!! I’m so excited for you all to hear it! Pre-order at link in bio ?.”

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Avril Lavigne’s album, Head Above Water, comes out on February 15. To pre-order a copy, click here.