Canadian singer Avril Lavigne tells People magazine that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year and was so debilitated that she had to stay in bed for five months.
The symptoms started out mild enough – months of feeling lethargic and light-headed, she tells the mag.
But things came to a head on a trip to Las Vegas in October to celebrate her 30th birthday.
“I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” she tells People. “My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know.”
She was shocked at the diagnosis, which came shortly thereafter. She thinks she was bit by a tick last spring.
“I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” said Lavigne, who has been recuperating at home in Ontario, Canada. “I was bedridden for five months.
“I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying.”
She says she’s “80 percent better” now and has been touched by fans who reached out to her late last year when she seemed to suddenly go missing from the scene. We won’t even repeat the rumors that circulated about where she might be.
Her new single, “Fly,” which will raise money for the 2015 Special Olympics, comes out this month.