Life got pretty complicated for Avril Lavigne last year.
When she visited Las Vegas to celebrate her 30th birthday in October, she wasn't in the partying mood. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she recalls, adding that she'd felt lethargic and lightheaded for a while. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."
Shortly after, Lavigne was diagnosed with a severe case of Lyme disease.
"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," she says. "I was bedridden for five months."
The "Girlfriend" singer believes a tick bit her sometime in the spring of 2014.
As the "Rock 'n' Roll" singer reveals in People's Apr. 13 issue, she spent months recuperating at her home in Ontario. Lavigne spent time with family, watched movies and talked to fans using social media. Her husband, Chad Kroeger, 40, checked in during breaks from his tour with Nickelback, and for a while, Lavigne's mother moved in to help take care of her. "There were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you," the singer says.
"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she says. "I thought I was dying."