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Avril Lavigne Releases 'Head Above Water' — Her 1st New Song In 5 Years

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Sep. 20 2018, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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Avril Lavigne has just released her first single in five years and she’s using this comeback to raise awareness on a topic that’s extremely personal for her. “Head Above Water” details her time away from the spotlight and her near fatal battle with Lyme disease.

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In statement to People, the Canada-native recalled, “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning.”

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She continued, “Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began.”

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The 33-year-old explained that from that point on, the rest of the song seemingly came together on its own. “It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on,” she said.

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Ahead of the song’s release, Avril penned a heartfelt open letter and addressed her absence and she revealed how hard the struggle with her health had gotten.

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She explained that her body almost “shut down” completely. She wrote, “Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles.”

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What do you think of Avril using her new song to her Lyme disease battle? Sound off in the comments!

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