Avril Lavigne broke her silence and gave an update on her Lyme disease diagnosis. The Canadian singer was emotional in her first television interview on how she is coping with the challenges that she has faced in her career and her personal life.
The live interview on GMA marked the first time the 30-year-old Canadian music superstar has opened up in a live TV interview about the Lyme disease diagnosis which she first went public with via People magazine.
In the GMA interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer, Avril Lavigne said, “I became bedridden last October.” She went on to say that she was in Los Angeles at the time and it was “the worst time of my life.” Describing what unfolded, she said, “And, I was seeing every specialist.” She said of the doctors that “they would pull up their computer and be like, chronic fatigue syndrome or, why don’t you try to get out of bed and just go play the piano. Are you depressed?” She went on to say, “They don’t have an answer for people with Lyme disease. They tell them like, you’re crazy.”
She described the onset of her illness, saying that it had begun while she was on tour. She said, “I woke up, I had night sweats. I felt like I had the flu. And this went on and off for a month. I saw my doctor right way. Got blood tests. Got swabbed. They didn’t know what was wrong.”
She said that she first suspected it was Lyme disease “probably two months into having it” and at that point she searched until she found a Lyme disease specialist. She said, “The thing is, when you’re a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms.”
Describing what she is doing now, she said that her regimen is comprised of “antibiotics and lots of rest.” She went on to say, “I’m seeing progress. I’m about halfway through the treatment. The thing that’s good for me to know, I’m grateful to know that I will make [a] 100 percent recovery.”
She spoke of how her fans have been supportive of her. She said, “I sat in bed. Watched the videos. I cried through the whole thing and I honestly felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it. But I truly did feel my fans through the process.”
She also that she made the decision to go public with her diagnosis to offer support to others who are suffering. She said, “There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better.”
She went on to say, “This is my second shot at life. I really just want to go out there and truly do what I love. So I’m so excited for life after this.”
And, as the report reveals, she will be returning to the concert stage soon. She is slated to perform “Fly,” her new single, at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25th.
Watch the full video of Avril Lavigne’s interview as she opens up about coping with Lyme disaase on GMA below.