Young popular Scottish singer says Tourette's syndrome could end his career

 April 4, 2023

Lewis Capaldi, a popular Scottish singer, devastated fans after announcing developments concerning a serious medical condition that will potentially end his successful career in music.

According to the Daily Caller, the rising star told U.K.'s The Times that his Tourette's syndrome is nearing a level that could severely disrupt or even end his career at the very same time that it's blasting off.

"I’m trying to get on top of that. If I can’t, I’m fu**ed," Capaldi said bluntly, referencing how his "tics" are becoming more serious as he attempts to put on performances on stage.

He added: "It’s easier when I play guitar, but I hate playing guitar. I know, I’m a walking contradiction."


The singer had just kicked off his U.S. tour, which happens to come on the eve of a Netflix documentary, sure to boost him even further into the music stratosphere.

"Some days it’s more painful than others and some days it’s less painful. It looks a lot worse than it is. Sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable … but it comes and goes," Capaldi said in The Times interview.

"It’s only making music that does this to me," Capaldi added. "Otherwise I can be fine for months at a time. So it’s a weird situation. Right now, the trade-off is worth it."

What is Tourette's Syndrome?

Tourette's syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.

While the severity and type of tics can vary greatly from person to person, individuals with TS may experience a range of complications that affect their daily life.

The physical symptoms of TS can also lead to complications. Repetitive tics can cause muscle strain, joint pain, and fatigue, and may interfere with daily activities such as writing, typing, or driving.

In severe cases, tics can also result in self-injurious behavior, such as hitting oneself or head-banging.

Capaldi noted that he's ready to quit his career before it has the chance to further damage to his health.

"But if it gets to a point where I’m doing irreparable damage to myself, I’ll quit. I hate hyperbole but it is a very real possibility that I will have to pack music in."

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