Avril Lavigne makes first public appearance in two years: Where has she been?

Avril Lavigne returned to the red carpet — and promised that you’ll soon be seeing and hearing more of her.

For the first time in two years, the “Let Go” and “Sk8er Boi” singer, 33, made a public appearance, stepping out for Friday’s Race to Erase MS benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Having time out of the spotlight looks good on her, she was practically glowing. Styled by Phillip Bloch, she wore a black dress by Galia Lahav, but her hair seemed like a nod to old Hollywood with those Veronica Lake waves.

Lavigne, who is on the board of Race to Erase MS, was happy to be back in the spotlight, posting several photos of herself on her social media — from the event as well as getting ready with her jewelry designer pal Caryn Alpert.

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Race To Erase MS Gala @carynalpert
Supporting #racetoerasems
Happy Easter everyone. Hope you are having a beautiful day with your family and friends @ryancabrera #family #easterfun
Tea time 💀💜@abbeydawnofficial
I’m so fucking pumped. Waking up so excited. February is a great month. I’ve started mixing my album and all of the pieces are finally coming together. These songs are so close to my heart. Wish me luck while I throw every last drop of me into these final stages. Time is power. And I needed this time. To live. To write. To go through my ups and downs. And while I am eager to get this done ha I’ve finally learned to enjoy the journey, the ride, the present time. 🖤
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire” so you better look damn cute while you’re doing it ;) New @abbeydawnofficial beanie bitches #abbeydawn #nyc #bukowski
Rocking out at @iiswhoiis with @1nataliemaines #womenwhorock
Hands down the best Halloween costume I have ever worn! Thanks @marysemizanin for lending me your actual @wwe outfit!! & #intercontinental #heavyweightchampionship belt courtesy @mikethemiz
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Studio today 🎤🎧🎼
Taking a few days off from the studio... #AL6
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Lavigne dropping out of the spotlight came after her marriage to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger ended in 2015. But like her song, the split was “Complicated.” While she filed for divorce, it’s unclear if it was ever finalized. Yet they remained close, even stepping out on the red carpet together after their split. In fact, her last time on the carpet was with Kroeger at the 2016 Juno Awards in her native Canada on April 3, 2016.

In 2015, the star also revealed that she had been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which led to her being bedridden for five months. Last September, she said it had been a “long recovery.”

But she was looking good on Friday — and shared that she’s putting the finishing touches on a new album, which had been set back due to her illness. (Her last was her 2013 self-titled album.) She’ll be handing it off to her label in a few weeks and she says it will be out later this year.

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Avril Lavigne at 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Thursday, June 6, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Avril Lavigne performs at Irving Plaza in New York City. 7/31/02 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Avril Lavigne at 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
LONDON - APRIL 27: Singer Avril Lavigne performs on stage during her secret fan club gig at the Camden Monarch on April 27, 2004 in London. The 19-year-old Canadian star, who has sold 14 million albums, releases her new single 'Don't Tell Me' on May 10 and her second album 'Under My Skin' on May 24. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 25: (U.S. TABS OUT) Avril Lavigne appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 25, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15: Avril Lavigne is seen on stage during rehearsal for the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA : SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Avril Lavigne arrives at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas & Mack Centre on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Musician Avril Lavigne performs onstage during Fuse TV's Daily Download at the Fuse Studios on December 16, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09: Singer Avril Lavigne performs live in concert at the Rod Laver Arena April 09, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Avril Lavigne arrives at The Lili Claire Foundation's 6th Annual Benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 18, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 3: Musician Avril Lavigne performs on stage during Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA, April 3, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 27: Singer Avril Lavigne performs on stage during her secret fan club gig at the Camden Monarch on April 27, 2004 in London. The 19-year-old Canadian star, who has sold 14 million albums, releases her new single 'Don't Tell Me' on May 10 and her second album 'Under My Skin' on May 24. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 21: Singer Avril Lavigne performs on the 'Today' show, May 21, 2004 in New York City. Lavigne has just released a new cd. (Photo by Scott Eells/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 25: (U.S. TABS OUT) Avril Lavigne appears on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 25, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 21: Singer Avril Lavigne appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on June 21, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7: Musician Avril Lavigne rehearses for 'Fashion Rocks' September 7, 2004 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show will air on Fox on September 26. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV ? SEPTEMBER 15: Avril Lavigne accepts the award on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Bruce Willis (L) and singer Avril Lavigne arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Singer Avril Lavigne attends the US Weekly Hot Hollywood Awards party held at the Republic restaurant and lounge on April 26, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Cannes, FRANCE: Canadian singer/actress Avril Lavigne poses during a photocall for US directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick's animation film 'Over the Hedge' at the 59th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, 21 May 2006. The film is presented out-of-competition. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Cannes, FRANCE: Canadian singer/actress Avril Lavigne waves at spectators next to US actor Bruce Willis upon arriving at the Festival Palace for the premiere of US directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick's animated film 'Over the Hedge' at the 59th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, 21 May 2006. The film is presented out-of-competition. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS - MARCH 25: Singer Avril Lavigne performs on stage during the MTV live Show at the Elysee Montmartre on March 25, 2007 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 16: (U.S. TABS OUT) Musician Avril Lavigne appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on April 16, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
PERTH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 08: Avril Lavigne performs at the T in the Park music festival at Balado, Kinross-shire July 8, 2007 in Perth, Scotland. With 80,000 fans expected to attend to see acts such as The Fratellis, Scissor Sisters and Snow Patrol. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 26: Singer Avril Lavigne accepts the 'Choice Music Single' for 'Girlfriend' onstage during the 2007 Teen Choice Awards held at The Gibson Amphitheatre on August 26, 2007 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: (U.S. TABS OUT) Singer Avril Lavigne performs onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on September 5, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY - OCTOBER 18: Singer Avril Lavigne performs onstage during the Los Premios MTV Latin America 2007 at the Palacio De Los Deportes October 18, 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: Avril Lavigne performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for MTV)
Canadian Avril Lavigne performs during the World Music Awards, in Monaco, 04 November 2007. The World Music Awards Award is an international awards show with winners being named based on worldwide album sales. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DANNA (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DANNA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Recording artist Avril Lavigne performs at the premeire of Nokia Productions' Spike Lee Collaboration film held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on October 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Designer Avril Lavigne on the runway at Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne showcasing its fall/holiday 2009 collection, available exclusively at Kohl's, at 'STYLE360 at Metropolitan Pavilion North' on September 14, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Singer Avril Lavigne (R) arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne performs onstage at the Ariston Theatre in San Remo, Italy during the 61st San Remo Music Festival on February 19, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Avril Lavigne attends the release party for Avril Lavigne's new album 'Goodbye Lullaby' at SL Lounge on March 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 19: Avril Lavigne performs on stage at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards on June 19, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer Avril Lavigne arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Musician/designer Avril Lavigne walks the runway at the Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne Spring 2012 fashion show during Style360 on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Designer Avril Lavigne attends Abbey Dawn By Avril Lavigne Spring 2013 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Chad Kroeger of Nickleback and Avril Lavigne arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Avril Lavigne performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 04: Singer Avril Lavigne performs onstage during Q102Âs Jingle Ball 2013 presented by Bernie Robbins Jewelers, at Wells Fargo Center on December 4, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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“It’s a really powerful record,” she told E! News. “I’ve been working on this for three years. I can actually say this time I’m going to be done with this album in two weeks and I will put it out this year. I’ve been writing songs that are really just powerful and true and honest and sincere and I think people will really be able to relate to it. I’ve gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past two years and so I’ve really drawn from that.”

She shared a health update as well, saying, “I haven’t even been able to come to one of these events for a few years. I’ve been tucked away and hibernating and healing, and it’s very up and down. Everything is brighter when you go through an experience like that. I’ve always been a really grounded and grateful person, but it changes a lot. The simple things in life are what mean the most, really. I’m happy to be here, happy to be supporting.”

And it showed.

 

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