Lewis Capaldi shared during an Instagram Live on Monday that he was recently diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome.
“I have Tourette, I’ve always had that part of me,” said the 25-year-old Someone You Loved singer. is he twitching?”, which is fine. Curiosity is okay, I understand you’re saying ‘What’s that?’”
The Mayo Clinic defines Tourette syndrome as a disorder that “involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that are not easily controlled.” These tics usually manifest by the age of 15. Men are three to four times more likely to develop Tourette syndrome.
Capaldi clarified that his convulsions were not due to drug use, as some had speculated online.
“Some people say, ‘He’s definitely on cocaine.’ Do you think before I play in front of 20,000 people as an anxious person I will take a large amount of cocaine? That will never happen,” he told his 5.4 million followers.
Capaldi revealed he has received treatment to reduce some of the twitching.
“It’s a new thing, I haven’t really learned much about it, I’m learning. I have botox in my shoulder to keep it from moving. It worked for a while,” said the “Before You Go” hitmaker.
“The worst part is when I’m excited I get it, when I’m stressed I get it, when I’m happy it happens… It happens all the time.” Some days it’s more painful than others and some days it’s less painful. But yeah, it’s not that big of a deal. It looks way worse than it is. Sometimes it’s really uncomfortable, but I think that’s it.”
While the diagnosis was unexpected, Capaldi said it “makes so much sense” now.
“Looking back at my 2018 interviews and all the rest, I can see I’m doing it,” he said. “But it comes and goes, I sometimes drive months without doing it.”
He assured his fans that he was “healthy as f—” after receiving the results of a recent medical exam.
“Tourette affects 1 in 100 school-age children, but the public perception is that it only affects a minority,” said Emma McNally, chief executive of Tourettes Action – a UK-based support and research organization for people with Tourette’s syndrome and theirs Families of the Guardians. “Lewis Capaldi, who speaks out about his diagnosis, will hopefully encourage others in the public eye to do the same.”
In 2018, singer Billie Eilish announced that she had been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome as a child.
“I was diagnosed with Tourettes. I never mentioned it online because nobody thinks I’m dead,” the “Ocean Eyes” singer wrote in an Instagram Story. “Besides the fact that I never wanted people to think of Tourettes every time they think of me.”
Eilish added that her tics are just physical and that the disorder makes “simple things a lot harder.”
“I’ve taught myself how to suppress my tics and specific techniques to help with that [reduce] her when I don’t want to be a distraction in certain situations,” she wrote. “I wasn’t planning on maybe ever talking about it here, but it’s gotten to a point.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-09-07/lewis-capaldi-says-he-has-tourette-syndrome Lewis Capaldi reveals he has Tourette syndrome, says it ‘makes so much sense’