Pop’s original punk princess Avril Lavigne has had a rocky few years, but that hasn’t stopped her from maintaining a positive outlook in the face of her struggles. Last week, the musician revealed that she has been undergoing treatment for Lyme disease after sustaining a bite from an infected tick in 2014. The star was bedridden for months and thought she was dying. Although she has suffered a series of setbacks, this hasn’t stopped the musician from moving forward with a variety of projects that she is particularly passionate about, including writing and performing the theme song for this year’s Special Olympics World Games and recording a holiday album.
The musician has developed a relationship with the Special Olympic World Games that stems from her efforts to financially back 30 athletes, making it easier for them to attend the 2015 games in Los Angeles. Lavigne also recorded a single that will be benefitting the event. The single, titled “Fly” was written two years ago and will be released April 16th. All proceeds of sales of the inspirational song will benefit the games in the future. Armed with a “piano, orchestra, and kick drum” production, the Canadian songstress hopes to perform the song at this year’s opening games.
Lavigne also revealed that she has a Christmas album in the works, claiming “I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas album, but I’ve never had the time.” The currently untitled project will be her first release since her self-titled 2013 album. Fans who are waiting for her sixth studio album of original material will have to wait until this project is fully realized.
At the beginning of 2015, Lavigne released a new music video for “Give You What You Like,” her fifth single of her last album. The song served as the theme song for the Lifetime made-for-television film Babysitter’s Black Book. Currently, the single is not impacting radio, but the video and track have been well received by fans. Lavigne is also planning to make her own return to film after appearing in Fast Food Nation in 2006, though nothing is currently lined up.
Although the disease has left her weakened and taken her out of the spotlight for nearly a full year’s time, Lavigne has maintained a positive outlook. “I haven’t stopped working since I was 15,” she claimed before following up with “just to have this downtime, this time spent with my family, has been really good for me.” It sounds as though the starlet is reinvigorated and ready to make a return, and she is hoping that these “passion projects” will help her raise awareness about Lyme disease. “I need to talk about Lyme disease, because it’s real, it’s out there.”
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