Lewis Capaldi says that before being diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, he feared he would “die” and have a degenerative disease.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter went public with his condition last week on social networks.
Tourette’s syndrome causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics, according to the NHS website.
The Scottish star said his diagnosis “makes a lot of sense”, adding: “I raise my eyebrows a lot. I do this shoulder thing. I take these deep breaths every once in a while.
“I thought I was dying because I’m a hypochondriac, so I thought I had a degenerative disease. But I don’t, so good news on that front.”
In an Instagram Live last week following his diagnosis a few months ago, Capaldi said he received botox treatment in his shoulder to help control his tics.
On Tuesday, he told presenter Lorraine Kelly on ITV: “I was told seven months ago or something, very recently.
“It made a lot of sense. For me, I’m quite a nervous person. A lot of people think I’m on drugs when they meet me.”
It is estimated that over 300,000 people in the UK have Tourette’s disease, an inherited neurological condition.
Asked about the public’s reaction to him speaking openly about his diagnosis, the Glasgow-born musician said: “People reached out and said I was an ambassador, which was great. So there you go. , I have a new title this week too.”
The singer said that “sometimes you feel alone in these things, and it’s good to see that you’re not so isolated in all of this”.
He added: “It’s been a bit of a revelation, but that’s fine.”
Capaldi also spoke about the release of his song Forget Me – his first new music in three years – the day after the Queen’s death last Thursday, saying: “Not a good week to release a single…Let me tell you that. .”
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Capaldi on the death of the monarch
Reflecting on the royal’s death, he added: “It’s a sad thing. And then you see the family all sad and it also reminds you that members of your own family are gone.”
The singer’s debut album of 2019, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, became the biggest album of the year, according to the Official Charts Company. His second album is expected soon.
The NHS website states that people with Tourette syndrome have a combination of physical and vocal tics.
Examples of physical tics include blinking, rolling eyes, grimacing, shrugging, shaking head or limbs, jumping, spinning, and touching objects and other people .
Examples of vocal tics include growling, throat clearing, hissing, coughing, tongue clicking, animal sounds, uttering random words and phrases, repeating a sound, d a word or phrase and swearing.
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