Following a long battle with Lyme disease that had her bedridden for two years, Avril Lavigne says she is taking a new outlook on life.
Speaking with ET Canada’s Keshia Chante about the release of her first studio album in over five years, Head Above Water, the 34-year-old Canadian singer says that battling the disease has taught her to “appreciate the smaller things,” including her love of music and her ability to perform.
“I was concerned when I would start singing that maybe my voice […] would not be as strong,” Lavigne admits. “And when I got behind the mic, and I sang, I was just so there and so present […] I kind of feel like I’m singing better than ever.”
The singer, who reveals she “put everything into” her new album, adds, “Turning to music really showed me how much I really do love it. And I need it in my life.”
When it came to Lavigne’s support system during the peak of her struggle with Lyme disease, she reveals that her ex-husband, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, was there for her the entire time.
“Although like Chad and I separated, he was still there for me the whole time,” Lavigne recalls. “We’ve been through a lot together, and he’s still family, and I love him and the band — his band. And I’m like a huge supporter of Nickelback.”
Lavigne adds that the former couple still collaborates on songs: “It’s really cool cause I’ll write a song and then I’ll be stuck, and I’ll call him up. Or I’ll bounce an idea off of him like, ‘What do you think of this?’ And I love writing songs with him.”
Opening up about the “healing” power of her new music, the singer adds, “I really wanted to be honest, and I feel like that’s the type of music that people connect with cause it’s like the intention behind it and the energy around it.”