LEWIS Capaldi has broken his silence following his heartbreaking Glastonbury performance.
The 26-year-old has revealed he is taking a break from touring for “the foreseeable” as he struggles to come to terms with his Tourette’s.
Lewis has broken his silence following the weekend at Glastonbury
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Addressing his emotional performance on Saturday at the music festival, which saw the crowd step in to help him finish, Lewis said: “First of all, thank you to Glastonbury for having me, for singing along when I needed it and for all the amazing messages afterwards. It really does mean the world.
“The fact that this probably won’t come as a surprise doesn’t make it any easier to write, but I’m very sorry to let you know I’m going to be taking a break from touring for the foreseeable future.”
The singer, who was diagnosed with the syndrome last year, continued: “I used to be able to enjoy every second of show like his and I’d hoped three weeks away would sort me out.
“But the truth is I’m still learning to adjust to the impact of my Tourette’s on Saturday it became obvious that I need to spend much more time getting my mental and physical health in order, so I can keep doing everything I love for a long time to come.”
Lewis, who is being treated with Botox injections to freeze muscles to try to control the tics characteristic of Tourette’s, added: “I know I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to take some time out when others can’t.
“I’d like to thank my amazing family, friends, team, medical professionals and all of you who’ve been so supportive every step of the way through the good times and even more so during this past year when I’ve needed it more than ever.
“I’m so incredibly sorry to everyone who had planned to come to a show before the end of the year but I need to feel well to perform at the standard you all deserve.
“Playing for you every night is all I’ve ever dreamed of so this has been the most difficult decision of my life. I’II be back as soon as I possibly can.”
On Saturday Lewis, was really seen struggling as he performed and tried to get his twitches under control.
After performing Hold Me While You Wait, Lewis apologised and admitted he was annoyed with himself – but the crowd replied by cheering him on and chanting “Oh Lewis Capaldi”.
He told the crowd: “I recently took three weeks off just because I’ve been non stop the past year and I wanted to take a wee break from my head for my mental health.
“I wanted to come back and do Glastonbury because it’s obviously so incredible so I just want to thank you all for coming out. I was scared but you’ve really made me feel at ease so thank you very much for that.”
Last month Lewis released his second studio album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent.
On the album, he opens up about his ongoing battle with anxiety and being an hypochondriac, and also finding out he has Tourette’s syndrome, in his Netflix documentary.
Hypochondria causes suffers to feel extreme anxiety about their health, including worrying that are or may become seriously ill.
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