​Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Lyme Disease and New Single in Open Letter

​Avril Lavigne Opens Up About Lyme Disease and New Single in Open Letter
Avril Lavigne has long been open about her battle with Lyme disease, and she's put her recent struggles into an upcoming single.
In a letter to fans, the Canadian pop star explained that she's been at home sick for a few years since releasing her self-titled album in 2013.
"Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles," Lavigne wrote. "I was able to turn that fight into music I'm really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly."
She went on to announce her upcoming single "Head Above Water," which she said is about a time during her illness when "I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down."
Lavigne also explained her desire to bring awareness to Lyme disease through the Avril Lavigne Foundation, providing information about prevention and treatment of the disease.
The single is expected to land on September 19, followed by an album that she describes as a "very strong, triumphant, powerful and true record to me and my experiences over the last few years."
As we wait for new music to arrive, read Lavigne's letter in its entirety here.