Heartwarming moment Lewis Capaldi fans step in as he experiences Tourette's tics on stage

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There are so many reasons why we love Lewis Capaldi – not only can he sing like an angel and crack us up on social media, but he's also been incredibly candid about his recent journey of being diagnosed with Tourette's. In doing so, Lewis has been helping to raise awareness about the condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics along the way – and now, a video has gone viral after fans stepped in to support the singer when he experienced a tic whilst on stage.

In the video, Lewis can be seen trying to continue singing, before pausing and moving away from the microphone in the middle of belting out Someone You Loved, as he experiences tics that see him bring his head towards his shoulder. In response, fans took over singing and showed them their full support.

Lewis recently opened up about his diagnosis whilst appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show last October, saying he was actually relieved when he found out what he had been experiencing was Tourette's and not a degenerative disease.

"I do have Tourette's," he began. I didn't mean for it to be a big thing, I twitch a lot. My left shoulder goes up and I do this with my head. Now I am the poster boy for Tourette's. I’ll take it, I'll gladly accept that."

He added that at the time, it had been around seven or eight months since he was first diagnosed, too. "I thought I had a degenerative disease, so to be told it was in fact Tourette's, as you can imagine, was quite a relief. It's fine. Everything works."

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He continued on to say, "I thought I was quite alone in being twitchy. It's been a relief and, if anything, nice to know I have a community. I'm quite an anxious person, I really start to overthink things if something's wrong, this was a weight off my mind. [But] it definitely gets worse sometimes on stage. Sometimes it can really affect my performance."

Lewis isn't the only big name musician who has Tourette's either and who has been raising awareness of the condition; it's something that Billie Eilish has also spoken out about in the past too, saying, "What's funny is so many people have it that you would never know. A couple [of] artists came forward and said, 'I’ve actually always had Tourette's' and I’m not gonna out them because they don't wanna talk about it, but that was actually really interesting to me."

Previously, the musician also opened up about suppressing her tics when she's in public, saying in her documentary: "It’s confusing when someone is making a weird face gesture or throwing out their neck. The internet hasn’t really seen the bad [tics] because I’m really good at suppressing them.

"The thing is, the longer you suppress them, the worse they get afterwards. I’m sure one day everyone will see the tic attacks that happen when I’m stressed and haven’t slept."

We love that fans were on-hand to support Lewis and thank both him and Billie for all the work they're doing for others who have Tourette's. If you want to learn more about it, see below or read our first-person interview with a woman who was diagnosed in her twenties, after seemingly developing the condition overnight.

What is Tourette's?

Psychiatrist Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg shares the basics you need to know about Tourette's, from symptoms to whether there's a cure:

  • Tourette's syndrome is a condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics. The tics are caused by the person’s central nervous system.

  • Motor tics include blinking, eye rolling, shoulder shrugging, jumping and touching object as well as other people. Vocal tics can include grunting, throat clearing, whistling, coughing, repeating sounds, words and phrases, as well as swearing.

  • If someone with Tourette's has a thought and then becomes anxious they may inadvertently vocalise it. If they try to suppress it or they focus on it, they may then say it or something related.

  • Most people develop tics in their younger years and generally before the age of 18. To be diagnosed with Tourette's, the motor and vocal tics need to have been present for more than a year and before the age of 18. However, tics can manifest at any age.

  • Less than 1% of children have Tourette's. There is a lot of evidence that Tourette's runs in families. However, not everyone with a relative with Tourette's will develop tics. Males are more likely to be affected by tics and Tourette's.

  • It is common for people with Tourette's to have symptoms of ADHD or obsessive compulsive disorder. People on the autistic spectrum also have a higher risk of Tourette's.

  • Tics tend to come in bouts throughout the day and some days will be much worse than others. They often get worse when the person is tired, excited or stressed.

  • There is no cure for Tourette’s but symptoms can be managed. There is no negative effect on life expectancy.

You can watch the moment Lewis was supported by fans whilst experiencing Tourette's symptoms mid-performance here:

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