Capaldi reveals he has Tourette’s syndrome

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Lewis Capaldi has revealed he has been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.

The Scottish singer made the announcement on Instagram Live saying “makes so much sense”: “When I look back at my interviews from 2018, I can see that I’m doing it.”

Capaldi, 25, said he decided to go public with the condition because he “didn’t want people to think I was taking cocaine or something.”

At first he thought he had “some horrible degenerative disease,” but after his being diagnosed Capaldi now knows why he was experiencing erratic spasms.

My shoulder twitches when I am excited, happy, nervous or stressed,” he explained. “It is something I am living with.”

The singer is now having botulinum toxin injections in his shoulder to control the condition and is “learning new ways to cope all the time”.

Emma McNally, CEO of Tourettes Action, said: “Tourette’s affects 1 in 100 school aged children, however the public perception is that it affects only a minority. Lewis Capaldi speaking out about his diagnosis will hopefully encourage others who are in the public eye to do the same.

“The more people who talk about Tourette Syndrome, the more people who share their stories, the better. Being diagnosed can be daunting. Newly diagnosed children need to see successful adults sharing and talking about their diagnosis, it will give them hope for the future.”

Lewis Capaldi's new track, Forget Me, is available to download and purchase now.