Lewis Capaldi feared he was ‘dying’ before being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome | Ents & Arts News

Lewis Capaldi says that before he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome he feared he was ‘dying’ and had a degenerative disease.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter went public with his condition last week on social media.

Tourette syndrome it causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics, according to the NHS website.

The Scotland star said his diagnosis “made a lot of sense”, adding: “It raises quite a few eyebrows. I do this thing on the shoulders. I take these deep breaths every now and then.

“I thought I was dying because I’m a hypochondriac, so I thought I had some degenerative disease. But I don’t, so good news on that front.”

Lewis Capaldi on stage in Glasgow in July

In an Instagram Live last week after his diagnosis a few months ago, Capaldi said he received botox treatment on his shoulder to control his tics.

On Tuesday, he told ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly: “I was told seven months ago or so, very recently.

“It made a lot of sense. For me, I’m very nervous. A lot of people think I’m on drugs when they meet me.”

More than 300,000 people in the UK are estimated to have Tourette’s – an inherited neurological condition.

Asked about the public reaction to opening up about his diagnosis, the Glasgow-born musician said: “People have reached out and said I’m an ambassador, which has been great. Well, I have a new title this week too.”

The singer said that “sometimes you feel like you’re alone in these things and it’s nice to see that you’re not so isolated in all these things.”

He added: “It was a bit of an eye-opener, but it’s nice.”

Capaldi also discussed the release of his song Forget Me – his first new music in three years – the day after Queen’s death last Thursday, saying: “It’s not a good week to release a single… Let let me tell you.”

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Capaldi on the death of the monarch

Reflecting on the king’s death, she added: “It’s sad. And then you see the family all sad and it just reminds you too that people in your family are gone.”

The singer’s first offering of 2019, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, became the biggest album of the year, according to the Official Charts Company. His second album is expected soon.

The NHS website states that people with Tourette syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics.

Examples of physical tics include eye blinking, grimacing, shoulder shrugging, head or limb jerking, jumping, twisting, and touching objects and other people.

Examples of vocal tics include grunting, clearing the throat, whistling, coughing, clicking the tongue, animal sounds, saying random words and phrases, repeating a sound, word or phrase, and swearing.

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