Lewis Capaldi revealed his Tourette’s diagnosis in September and has now explained why he chose to share it with fans.
The ‘Someone You Loved’ singer initially chose to share his diagnosis six months after finding out he had the condition, back in March.
The 26-year-old Scottish hitmaker has now opened up about what made him speak up about his diagnosis, revealing it started when he began ‘twitching a wee bit on stage’ in the summer.
He explained: “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got Tourette’s. Don’t worry about it.’ And then it became this thing. If something’s going on with me, I’ll share it with the room. [It] makes me feel better to share.”
Lewis continued: “The movements are more exaggerated now. So, I do my neck cracks a lot; I, kind of, lift my left shoulder up, my face moves a bit and I do these deep breaths.
“I can see… micro versions of them in interviews that I’ve done in the past. I think I’ve always done this stuff.”
He went on to say that the diagnosis ‘was a shock’, adding: “But it was also like, ‘Oh, that explains so much of my life’.”
Lewis also revealed a few months ago that he had been having Botox injections in his shoulder to keep it under control.
“My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed. It is something I am living with. It’s not as bad as it looks,” he explained.
“It’s a new thing. I haven’t really learnt much about it,” Lewis added, “I got Botox in my shoulder to stop it moving but I’m learning new ways to cope all the time.”
Late last year, Capaldi did an interview on The Zach Sang Show to talk about his diagnosis and how he “never even expected” Tourette’s syndrome, and that he worried that he was “immediately dying” because of the twitches.
“When they told me, I was like, ‘That makes so much sense,’” he said. “It ebbs and flows… Unfortunately, there’s no clear and ‘here’s this thing we can do nothing about.’ But now it’s about handling my general anxiety.”
Capaldi explained that struggling with Tourette’s also affects his sex life as his medication affects his libido. “How do I say this? It makes it hard to climax. It’s like a rollercoaster that goes up and up and up and it never comes down… That was an issue. Just decreased libido.”
Then he joked, “As a sex machine like myself, I was just not going to let that go by!” Capaldi said he continues to take medication, and that he also tried cannabis drops to help treat his symptoms, though it didn’t work.
In December last year, Capaldi released “Pointless,” his second pre-release track following “Forget Me,” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran. The songs are set to be part of his upcoming album, Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, set to be released on May 19, 2023.
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