In a recent interview, Avril Lavigne has detailed her battle with Lyme disease and said “a lot of good” came out of her being sidelined.
“I haven’t stopped working since I was 15,” the singer told Billboard.
“Just to have this downtime, this time spent with my family, has been really good for me just to take a step back and look at my life, and really get to see who in my life is really there for me when I need them.”
Avril Lavigne was bedridden for five months and was scared for her life. All that time being sidelined gave her a lot of time to think.
“I’ve never been so clear before, or as close to my family,” she said.
“So there’s been a lot of good that has come out of it. And moving forward, I’m really clear on what I want in life.”
Avril Lavigne also said the disease has given her perspective and given her a sort of “just do it” attitude. She is now going to record a Christmas album, something she has always wanted to do. She is also going to address her disease head-on with a new song.
“I need to talk about Lyme disease, because it’s real, it’s out there, it was a simple bug bite and it could happen to anybody. People need to know about it, because it’s not talked about that much and a lot of the information that’s out there is inaccurate,” Avril Lavigne said.
Avril Lavigne has denied her most recent music video for Hello Kitty is racist.
The video clip, which appeared on Avril Lavigne’s on April 22, has faced criticism for its depiction of Japanese culture.
It appeared on YouTube on Tuesday before being taken down and reappearing the following day.
The video has since been reported it was removed because it was leaked, rather than because of the negative response it received.
Avril Lavigne has denied her most recent music video for Hello Kitty is racist
One review called the video “unseemly” and “an embarrassment in any language” adding that the presence of “four identical, creepily expressionless Asian women” standing behind the Canadian singer during the video was offensive to Asian culture.
Another suggested that there are “serious questions about whether it’s offensive (expressionless Asian dancers, Tokyo-as-prop) or offensively obvious”.
In response, Avril Lavigne wrote on Facebook: “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan.
“I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan.”
Despite negative reviews, many of Avril Lavigne’s fans praised the video, including a comment on the singer’s website which reads: “I came here to say that this video is excellent for the song design, you guys did a good job to try an capture that hello kitty obsession, overall concept, feel and visual,etc.
“People who dislike this don’t have a freaking clue about the range of musical diversity.”
Hello Kitty will be the fourth track to be taken from Avril Lavigne’s recent self-titled fifth studio album.