The 40-year-old rocker shared his relief with KISS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O this week in Australia. “I’m like, “OK the wife has come out and said this and now I don’t have to keep hiding,” he said. “With everyone going, ‘What’s wrong with your wife?’ and me just going, ‘Ah, she’s going to be fine.’
He added: “I’m like, ‘Okay, I can talk about this now.’”
The musician – currently on tour with Nickelback – also said that 30-year-old Avril was doing well, saying, “things are looking up and definitely getting better”.
Avril only revealed her battle with Lyme disease last week in an interview with People. She said she had been left bedridden for five months before it was correctly diagnosed shortly after her 30th birthday last year.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” she told the US magazine. “I thought I was dying.”
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection contracted from infected ticks, fleas or mosquitos. If not treated with antibiotics swiftly, the crippling symptoms can persist for years.
“There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand,” Avril said. “It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.”
Source: HELLO! Canada