• Avril Lavigne went on a hiatus in 2013
  • She made a comeback with the release of "Head Above Water" in 2018
  • It was also then that she told fans about her battle with Lyme disease

Avril Lavigne had her red carpet comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) Sunday. The 36-year-old singer wore a colorful outfit that flaunted her abs. Her boyfriend, musician Mod Sun, accompanied her to the event.

Last seen on a red carpet during the pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills in January 2020, the Canadian pop-rock singer reintroduced the crowd to her iconic punk aesthetic by wearing a pink plaid suit from Area's Pre-Fall 2021 collection.

The outfit was cropped to reveal the singer's Cristahlea bra top as well as her abs. She jazzed up her look by carrying a bejeweled Jimmy Choo pouch bag, according to Vogue.

The "SK8er Boi" singer's boyfriend matched her punk fashion but with a twist. He wore a patchwork suit, neon green hair and a pair of dark shades.

The pair also kissed in front of the flashing cameras while the crowd cheered.

Lavigne was one of the evening presenters, alongside Ashanti, Billie Eilish, Ciara, Lance Bass and Ja Rule, among others.

It was in 2018 that the singer ended her five-year hiatus with the release of the song "Head Above Water."

In a heartfelt message to her fans, she opened up about her battle with Lyme disease, which had kept her away from the limelight for a long time.

"Five years have gone by since I released my last album," the singer wrote as per Page Six. "I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme disease. Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles."

"I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down," she continued. "I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story."

In February, Lavigne celebrated the release of "Flames," her duet with Mod Sun, which is included in his album "Internet Killed the Rockstar."

In July, Lavigne teamed up with Willow and Travis Barker for the song "Grow," which is part of Willow's fourth studio album titled "Lately I feel Everything."

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Avril Lavigne discussed the conspiracy theory about her death and body double. She is pictured with Macy Gray at ChefDance 2019 on Jan. 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for ChefDance, LLC