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In 2013, Avril Lavigne dropped her self-titled fifth album, which included the singles “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” “Rock n Roll” and “Let Me Go” featuring her ex-husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Following the album’s release, Lavigne toured with the Backstreet Boys and released the single “Fly” for the Special Olympics Summer Games, but otherwise seemed to be shying away from the spotlight.
In an interview with People Magazine in April 2015, Lavigne explained the reason for her absence, revealing she had been battling Lyme disease. The disease had left her in pain and close to death, but as of the magazine’s release date, Lavigne was in recovery.
Now it looks like Lavigne is returning to music and we couldn’t be more excited. In an Instagram post this week, Lavigne candidly spoke about her battle with Lyme disease and her plans for 2017.
Lavigne opens the post by thanking her fans for their support during her time away from the public eye as she focused on her health. Writing, “It hasn’t just been a hard battle but it’s also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally,” Lavigne goes on to say she’ll continue her philanthropic work, saying, “I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation.”
With her health back on track, Lavigne writes that she’s working on new music and will be releasing her sixth studio album in 2017. Calling the coming year “amazing,” Lavigne finishes the post saying “…can’t wait to open up and share my heart with you! I’m excited for you guys to hear the new songs.”
Hi Everyone!! I wanted to first thank my fans for your patience & support during my time away throughout my battle with Lyme Disease over the past 2 years. It hasn’t just been a hard battle but it’s also been enlightening and will reflect in my new music, artistry, life, and personally. I will always continue to make it a priority to fight and raise awareness about Lyme Disease with the Avril Lavigne foundation. I’m really happy to announce that I am now working on new music and I will be releasing a new album in 2017. I can’t wait to open up and share my heart with you! I’m excited for you guys to hear the new songs. It’s going to be an amazing 2017!
Lavigne’s post is the second instance of the Canadian making a public statement this month. Earlier in December, Lavigne took on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he made a dig at Nickelback in a promotional video for Jarvis, a new home artificial intelligence system. Zuckerberg asks the system to play a good Nickelback song, with Jarvis replying, “I’m sorry, Mark, I can’t do that. There are no good Nickelback songs.”
Lavigne hit back, posting on her Twitter account (not Facebook), reminding Mark that he has a large platform and should use it for good.
We look forward to the return of our favourite butt-kicking skater girl.
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) December 23, 2016