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Avril Lavigne Makes First Public Performance In Over A Year After Battling Lyme Disease

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Avril Lavigne gave her first public performance in more than a year during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games’ opening ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old, who has been battling Lyme Disease since being diagnosed in 2014, debuted her new single “Fly,” which she explained she wrote “to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower.” The “Complicated” singer wore a fitted black sequined Alice + Olivia gown, her hair down, dark makeup and elegant jewelry.

WATCH: Avril Lavigne Breaks Down About Her Lyme Disease Scare

After the event, the singer took to Instagram to celebrate the event and the athletes, and to thank everyone for their support.

“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,’ she continued, adding: ‘Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song ‘Fly.'”

READ: Avril Lavigne Admits She’s Suffering From Health Issues

In December, Star reported of a Twitter exchange between Avril and user “Avril Lavigne Charts,” which gave explanation to why the singer had been M.I.A. “I felt bad because I haven’t been able to say anything to the fans to let them no why I’ve been absent,” she explained. “I’m torn as I’m quite private. I’m not feeling well. I’m having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers.”

But it seems that Avril is making great strides to recovery, as she looked absolutely fabulous on her return to the stage.

Watch her official music video to her new single right here on Star.


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