Lewis Capaldi announces he has Tourette syndrome

Lewis Capaldi has publicly announced he has Tourette syndrome. 

The musician announced that he is part of the community after receiving his diagnosis, and has since mentioned it on a number of occasions.

"I have Tourette's. I've always had it, apparently. I do a shoulder twitch quite a lot. It's a new thing. I haven't really learned much about it. I'm learning. I've got botox on my shoulders to stop it moving."

On the Jonathan Ross Show, Lewis opened up about the diagnosis, and how it has affected him personally:

Lewis Capaldi has experienced a meteoric rise to fame. After becoming the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on Spotify, he has become a household name in the UK and around the world. 

"The worst thing about it is when I'm excited, I get it. When I'm stressed, I get it. Some days it's more painful than others. It's not a big a deal. It looks a lot worse than it is."

Tics affect everyone differently.

Lewis has mentioned motor tics, tics that affect movement. Both motor and vocal tics occur in Tourette syndrome, however tics can be a sign of another tic disorder.

On the Zach Sang Show, Lewis was open about his concerns before the diagnosis, mistaking symptoms for something more life-threatening:

Lewis Capaldi announcing he has Tourette is something many fans will appreciate, not to mention those with the condition.

With current estimates showing up to 1 in 50 children may have Tourette or another tic disorder, Lewis is showing that having a neurological disorder does not have to hold us back.

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