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Avril Lavigne is Keeping Her “Head Above Water” with Music Video Inspired by Her Battle with Lyme Disease

On September 19, Avril Lavigne came back into the spotlight with a new single called “Head Above Water.” This is the first new music from Avril Lavigne in five years. On September 27, her 34th birthday, she released a music video to coincide with the single. “Head Above Water” is inspired by her uphill battle with Lyme Disease over the past few years. She shared her battle exclusively with People in anticipation of her new music.

Avril told the mag, “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. 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, It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”

The music video was filmed in Iceland by Elliot Lester and truly has captured the raw emotion she has been feeling these past few years as she’s battled her disease. She also released a four-part statement on social media about the song and its music video.

Avril has been teasing that she was planning to release new music for the past few months via social media.

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Exciting things coming …

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Along with this, Avril brought her own campaign to help combat Lyme Disease to light. The campaign site includes resources for battling Lyme Disease, news on the campaign, and a blog section.

Watch the new music video for “Head Above Water” HERE:

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