Avril Lavigne returned to the stage Saturday to play her new song “Fly” during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics.
The performance was the first for Avril Lavigne in more than year, as Lavigne spent much of the past year recovering from Lyme disease.
After the performance, Lavigne took to Instagram to thank fans for the performance. In her caption, she noted just how special the night had been for her.
“Honored to have performed my song Fly at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics tonight. All proceeds go to support the Special Olympics. This was a very beautiful night for me. Congratulations to all the athletes. Thank you to everyone who supports the Avril Lavigne Foundation. It has been a difficult year fighting through Lyme Disease for me and I am so happy to have made it on stage tonight for the first performance in a year. Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song Fly. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower.”
Avril Lavigne posted several other photos from the Special Olympic event as well, including a photo of Maria Shriver from backstage and a photo of Lavigne heading to the event with her crew.
Lavigne’s battle with Lyme disease garnered a lot of press earlier this year when it was revealed that the singer had spent more than five months on bed rest following a tick bite the previous spring. While she was sick, Lavigne said she sometimes went entire weeks without showering because she wasn’t able to stand.
By the time Avril Lavigne’s battle with Lyme disease became public knowledge, she was about 80 percent improved, the Inquisitr reported.
Lavigne looked Saturday night as if she had fully recovered as she sang “Fly” for the Special Olympic opening ceremonies. The song, which Lavigne co-wrote with her husband, Chad Kroger, is all about overcoming challenges, Lavigne said.
Thanks to all my fans for supporting FLY and for all the love tonight. You guys are the best 🙏🙏🙏💙💙💙👼👼👼
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) July 26, 2016
Learn more about Avril Lavigne and her battle with Lyme disease in the video below.
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