Lewis Capaldi revealed to his Instagram followers on Monday (September 5) that he was recently diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
“I wanted to talk about it because I didn’t want people to think I was doing cocaine or something,” Capaldi explained in an Instagram video, adding that his shoulder “jerks when I’m excited, happy, nervous or stressed. It’s something I live with: it’s not as bad as it looks.”
While the “Someone You Loved” singer revealed that he hasn’t “really learned a lot” about Tourette syndrome, “he’s constantly learning new ways to cope … Some days it’s more painful than others, sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable, but I think that’s it.”
According to CDCTourette syndrome is a condition of the nervous system that causes people to make sudden noises or have involuntary body movements and twitches.
Capaldi later spoke about coming forward with his diagnosis in his Wednesday Instagram story.
“There were people on Twitter who were really nice and said, ‘What a good thing for someone like him with his profile to talk about it and be open and spread awareness, to be a good ambassador,'” the 25-year-old. said, before jokingly adding: “Hi – look at your ambassador. Other people with Tourette’s, hi. I’m your manager.”
In the video, Capaldi appeared in nothing but a pair of white briefs, not to share details about his diagnosis, but to promote his new single “Forget Me,” which is out on Friday.
“Took my clothes off and traumatized the general public all in the name of shameless self promotion. Sex sells. New single FORGET ME out September 9th x,” he shared on Twitter. In a parallel tweet, he added“I swear to god if I’ve stripped down to my pants and put it on billboards all over the world to promote this new single just for it to be a huge flop I’ll be so embarrassed.”
Watch Capaldi discuss his Tourette syndrome diagnosis below: