We adore Lewis Capaldi for a variety of reasons, including his angelic voice, his ability to make us laugh online, and the frankness with which he has discussed his recent Tourette’s diagnosis. Along the way, Lewis has been promoting awareness for the disorder known as tics, which causes people to produce uncontrollable sounds and motions.
Now, a video of fans supporting the singer while he experienced a tic on stage has gone viral.
In the video, Lewis Capaldi can be seen attempting to continue singing before pausing and walking away from the microphone in the middle of belting out Someone You Loved due to tics that cause him to turn his head to one side. Fans took up singing in return and gave them their full support.
Lewis recently discussed his diagnosis when making an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in October. He said he was really happy to learn that he had Tourette’s rather than a degenerative condition.
He said, “I do have Tourette’s. I twitch a lot, so I didn’t mean for it to be a huge deal. I raise my left shoulder while doing this with my head. I now serve as the disease’s spokesperson. I’ll gladly accept that; I’ll take that.
He continued by saying that at the time, it had been roughly seven or eight months since his initial diagnosis. “I believed I had a degenerative illness, so it was quite a relief to learn it was Tourette’s, as you can understand. It’s okay. Everything functions.
What is Tourette’s syndrome?
Dr. Hayley van Zwanenberg, a psychiatrist, explains the fundamentals of Tourette’s, including symptoms and whether a cure is available:
A person with Tourette’s syndrome makes tics, which are uncontrollable sounds and motions. The individual’s central nervous system is what triggers the tics.
Blinking, rolling of the eyes, shrugging of the shoulders, jumping, and touching of both objects and other people are examples of motor tics. Grunting, throat clearing, whistling, coughing, repeating sounds, words, and phrases, as well as swearing, are examples of vocal tics.
A person with Tourette syndrome may unintentionally vocalise a thought if they have one and then become nervous. They might then say it or something relevant if they attempt to suppress it or if they concentrate on it.