Avril Lavigne is offering Justin Bieber support after the “Yummy” singer revealed his battle with Lyme disease.
The pop-punk singer offered some words of encouragement to her fellow Canadian artist on Instagram. On Thursday — the same day Bieber opened up about his disease — Lavigne mentioned Bieber in a post that shared awareness about the illness.
“Today @JustinBieber shared that he has Lyme disease,” the “Complicated” singer wrote.
She continued, “There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE.”
In the post, Lavigne also shared symptoms of Lyme and more information about it from her Avril Lavigne Foundation. The singer’s non-profit raises funds that go to research and prevention of the disease. Lavigne mentioned that her foundation also supports those diagnosed with illness and other debilitating diseases.
Back in 2015, the Canadian singer revealed to People that the reason behind her sudden disappearance from the limelight is her struggle with Lyme disease. According to the songstress, her symptoms worsened to the point where she was fighting for her life. Her battle with the disease led her to write her 2018 comeback song, “Head Above Water”.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection carried by ticks and is contracted from tick bites. Symptoms of this range from moderate fatigue to debilitating dementia. See Lavigne’s post below for more information:
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Today @JustinBieber shared that he has Lyme disease. There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life. Writing #HeadAboveWater helped me get through the worst of it, but the bad days still come and go. At the time, putting together my album saved my life. I needed to tell my story and to be able to share my experiences with others. Lyme disease is in all 50 states in the US and in EVERY country in the world, except Antarctica. It is a global pandemic but NOT a global priority. I never want others to suffer the way that I did, and because of that it is now my mission to raise awareness & funds that will help eradicate this life-altering disease. Portions of proceeds from every show on the rest of the #HeadAboveWater tour and merch sales will continue to go directly to Lyme disease. I will continue to fight and to support! @TheAvrilLavigneFoundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. We raise awareness and aid PREVENTION of the Lyme epidemic. We impact the lives of individuals and families affected by Lyme Disease through TREATMENT grants administered by our charitable partners; and we’ve aligned with @globallymealliance to accelerate scientific research. Please, JOIN US as we endeavor to educate people, prevent the spread of Lyme and find a cure. Our initiatives enable us to provide HOPE and expand the number of lives we’re able to transform. TOGETHER we can do this. #FightLyme #LymeIsReal #TheAvrilLavigneFoundation