Update, 6/29: It's been two months since we learned Avril Lavigne's been suffering through Lyme disease, and for the first time on camera with Good Morning America, the singer opens up about her terrifying ordeal. Watch Lavigne's emotional interview as she discusses her "second shot of life" and how her fans inspired her to keep fighting:
Original, 4/1: A simple bug bite left Avril Lavigne sick in bed for five months, unable to talk or move. After initially keeping it under wraps, the singer has told People magazine (opens in new tab) that she's been suffering from a severe case of Lyme disease.
Lavigne started feeling awful last year, and her doctors were stumped. During her 30th birthday party, she had to go lay down in bed because she felt so weak. Finally, a doctor told her she had Lyme disease, which she thinks she contracted from a tick bite earlier last year.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she told the magazine. "I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying."
Fans had been wondering why Lavigne was suddenly MIA, and a direct message to a fan on Twitter about her "health issues" went viral (opens in new tab). She even told fans to #PrayForAvril back in December. After months of recovery, Lavigne is feeling "80 percent better' and is working on new music.
Lavigne's case was rare—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in new tab) says that most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Just be sure to check yourself for ticks when you go out on your spring hikes, okay?
You should also check out:
Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
The Ending of 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3, Explained
The Netflix hit's finale resets its universe yet again.
By Quinci LeGardye
Lorde Is Now Blonde and It’s the All the Happiness We Need Right Now
By Deena Campbell
The Jeans Brands Fashion Editors Swear By
Your search for the perfect pair of jeans is over.
By Sara Holzman
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors
Surprise! Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas Are Parents
They welcomed a baby via surrogate.
By Neha Prakash
Meghan and Harry Share First Photo of Their Daughter Lilibet Diana
The Sussex's holiday card is here!
By Rachel Epstein
The 50 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes Ever
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Alicia Keys Gets What She Wants
With her jazzy new album, Keys, the singer stopped worrying about everything except what matters: Her own opinion.
By Jessica Herndon
Brooke Shields on Reinventing Yourself, Making Friends in Your 40s, and More
The actress and CEO shared inspiring advice during a panel at 'Marie Claire's' "Power Trip: Off the Grid" conference.
By Rachel Epstein