Lewis Capaldi Reveals He "Is Learning New Ways to Cope" After Tourette's Syndrome Diagnosis

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Lewis Capaldi performs on stage at  the O2 Academy Brixton on November 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Lewis Capaldi performs on stage at the O2 Academy Brixton on November 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

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Lewis Capaldi has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and is slowly getting used to living with his "painful" symptoms. Speaking during an Instagram Live, the 25-year-old singer said that he had decided to speak publicly about his diagnosis because he wanted his fans to be aware of his "shoulder twitches". He said, "I wanted to speak about it because I didn't want people to think I was taking cocaine or something. 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. It's a new thing. I haven't really learnt much about it."

Tourette's Syndrome is an inherited neurological condition that causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics. Tics can include things like blinking, sudden jerking of the head or limbs, jumping, grunting, whistling, tongue clicking, animal sounds, and - in one in 10 cases - swearing. Tourette's Syndrome can often start in childhood, and the symptoms tend to improve over time or go away entirely by adulthood. The condition cannot be cured, but treatment such as medicine or behavioural therapy can help to manage the symptoms.

"Some days it's more painful than others, sometimes it's quite uncomfortable but I guess that's it . . . It comes and goes."

The Scottish star says he was relieved to be diagnosed with the condition. "When they told me, 'We think you've got Tourette's', I was like, 'Do you know what, that makes so much sense' . . . I thought I had some horrible degenerative disease so I'll take Tourette's," he revealed. Capaldi is currently being treated with Botox injections to freeze muscles and control his tics. He said, "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 . . . It comes and goes. Sometimes I can go months without doing it."

The singer-songwriter, who topped the charts in 2019, isn't the only famous person to open up about their struggles with Tourette's this year. Billie Eilish discussed living with the "exhausting" condition in an exclusive interview with David Letterman in May. Tourette's Syndrome is pretty rare, with just one percent of the entire population estimated to be affected by it. In the UK, over 300,000 children and adults live with it - that's about one school child in every hundred.

Capaldi's news comes days after the Brit Award winner announced his new single, which is being released on Friday 9 Sept., three years after the release of his debut album "Divinely Uninspired TO A Hellish Extend". Fans were treated to a snippet of the new song (which is called "Forget Me") on TikTok on 3 Sept., when Capaldi recorded a video live from his concert at the O2 in London.