Avril Lavigne has been away a while but that didn't stop her come back single topping the charts in over 20 countries over the last week.
“Lavigne has been on a nearly five-year hiatus and revealed she battled Lyme disease.I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” she said. “My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience.”
Mostly bedridden for two years as she fought the disease, Lavigne described how her “entire body (got) weak,” and she simply needed time to recover.
” ‘Head Above Water’ ” was the first song that I sang,” she said, and while she expected her voice to be weak after the years she was forced to stay quiet, “it ended up being stronger than ever. The break happened to actually be good for my vocal cords.”
Along with her comeback single, Lavigne is pushing for Lyme disease awareness with her eponymous foundation, which supports people with the disease and other major illnesses.
“I'm so passionate about this record, and my first video that will relay my story,” Lavigne told fans
“Head Above Water” is the first single off Lavigne's upcoming sixth album — her first album since 2013.