Lewis Capaldi reveals he has Tourette’s syndrome and why he went public

‘It’s something I’m living with’: Lewis Capaldi reveals he has Tourette’s syndrome and wanted to go public as he ‘didn’t want people to think he was taking cocaine’

  • The 25-year-old singer said he was learning new methods to deal with the diagnosis ‘all the time’
  • Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics
  • Lewis revealed that he is being treated with Botox injections to freeze muscles to try to control the tics
  • He explained: ‘My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed’
  • He added that it could sometimes be ‘painful’ and ‘uncomfortable’

Lewis Capaldi has revealed that he suffers from Tourette’s syndrome.

The 25-year-old singer said the diagnosis was recent and that he was learning new methods to deal with it ‘all the time’.

He explained that he wanted people to know so that his fans didn’t think his twitches were down to cocaine use.

Candid: Lewis Capaldi has revealed that he suffers from Tourette’s syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics.

Lewis revealed that he is being treated with Botox injections to freeze his muscles to try to control the tics.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I have been diagnosed with Tourette’s. I wanted to speak about it because I didn’t want people to think I was taking cocaine or something.

Staying positive: The 25-year-old singer said the diagnosis was recent and that he was learning new methods to deal with it 'all the time'

Staying positive: The 25-year-old singer said the diagnosis was recent and that he was learning new methods to deal with it ‘all the time’

‘My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed. It is something I am living with. It is not as bad as it looks.’

He also opened up on the condition to his fans in an Instagram Live session, explaining that it could sometimes be ‘painful’ and ‘uncomfortable’.

WHAT IS TOURETTE’S SYNDROME?

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics.

It usually starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. Tics can be either vocal or physical.

In many cases Tourette’s syndrome runs in families and it’s often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Tourette’s syndrome is named after the French doctor, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the syndrome and its symptoms in the 19th century.

There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but treatment can help control the symptoms.

Source: NHS Choices

Lewis said: ‘It’s a new thing. I haven’t really learned much about it. I got Botox in my shoulder to stop it moving but I’m learning new ways to cope all the time.

‘Some days it’s more painful than others, sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable but I guess that’s it.

‘When they told me, “We think you’ve got Tourette’s”, I was like, “Do you know what, that makes so much sense”.

‘When I look back at my interviews from 2018 I can see that I’m doing it.’

Keeping a positive attitude, the Glaswegian added: ‘It comes and goes. Sometimes I can go months without doing it. I thought I had some horrible degenerative disease so I’ll take Tourette’s.’

Lewis’ revelation comes after he announced he will finally be releasing a brand new single, while admitting he was ‘nervous’ to share the song.

During his second sold-out show at London’s O2, the singer debuted his new single Forget Me which is out on September 9.

Lewis played a clip of his soon to be released single to the arena while live on TikTok to over 57,000 fans.

The new song comes three years after the release of Lewis’ debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which spent 10 weeks at the top of the UK charts.

Last year the Scottish artist postponed all of his live shows to focus on recording a follow-up.

During the rescheduled concert, Lewis announced: ‘I said at the start of the show it’s been a while since I released new music, a very long time, three years in fact, but thankfully on 9 September that changes.

‘Next week I release my first single from this next album. It’s called Forget Me, so that’s good news. As well as that, I am going to play that song for everybody here tonight.

‘I am showing 20,000 people my song for the first time. I’m very nervous. No one has heard any of this music apart from you all here tonight.’

Comeback: Lewis' revelation comes after he announced he will finally be releasing a brand new single, while admitting he was 'nervous' to share the song

Comeback: Lewis’ revelation comes after he announced he will finally be releasing a brand new single, while admitting he was ‘nervous’ to share the song

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