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Crowd at music festival helps singer complete song after he loses voice in beautiful show of human spirit

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Scotland has been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary vocal or motor tics.

Crowd at music festival helps singer complete song after he loses voice in beautiful show of human spirit
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It was an emotional moment when festivalgoers helped a struggling Lewis Capaldi end his set after he lost his voice on stage. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Scotland has been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary vocal or motor tics. His fans helped him finish his performance by singing his emotional, vocal-heavy piano ballad hit Someone you loved while he was on the festival's Pyramid Stage on Saturday night. According to Sky News, the musician admitted he was having issues during the performance. "I'm going to be honest everybody, but I'm starting to lose my voice up here, but we're going to keep going and we're going to go until the end. I just need you all to sing with me as loud as you can if that's OK?" he said. And boy, did his fans deliver.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 02: Lewis Capaldi performs onstage during iHeartRadio 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One at The Kia Forum on December 02, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 02: Lewis Capaldi performs onstage during iHeartRadio 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2022 Presented by Capital One at The Kia Forum on December 02, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

 



 

Everyone was clearly moved by the performance including Capaldi. At the end of the show, he revealed he was going to take some time off. "I feel like I'll be taking another wee break over the next couple of weeks. So you probably won't see much of me for the rest of the year, maybe even. But when I do come back and when I do see you, I hope you're still up for watching us," he shared. Twitter users were left misty-eyed by the performance. Robbie Scowls tweeted, "This is really beautiful because they all understood he needed a little help and jumped right in to do it. People criticizing him know nothing of his life and challenges he’s overcome - he’s something special to have achieved all he has done." Dave shared, "Amazing to see and his fans do this regularly when this happens. @LewisCapaldi

is such a likable bloke that he just seems to build a great connection with his fans. Heartwarming."


 
 
 
 
 
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Earlier his year his fans helped him finish the same song while performing in Frankfurt, Germany.  Capaldi was overcome with tics due to his Tourette Syndrome. However, the audience was quick to pick up the slack and sang the final chorus in his place. The moment received an outpouring of admiration from users who commended the singer, calling the fans love for Capaldi "so beautiful" and "heartwarming."



 

 

Capaldi himself revealed on Instagram Live in September that he has been living with Tourette's for years, but has only recently been diagnosed. "The worst thing about it is when I'm excited I get it, when I'm stressed I get it, when I'm happy I get it. It happens all the time," he said of his involuntary twitches per PEOPLE. "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." The Scottish singer-songwriter who is also known for his wicked sense of humor told Rebecca Judd on Apple Music he'll quit making music "if it gets to the point where things get worse mentally"


 
 
 
 
 
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"Right now I'm at a point where I can balance my mental health and how I feel in general…the trade-off is worth it," he said. "I'll take a few panic attacks and my Tourette's and stuff for what's happening, but if it gets to the point where things get worse mentally and I stop kind of looking after myself in that regard, I think that would be a point where I'd be like, 'I'm just not going to do this anymore.' At that point, if it felt like it was becoming something that I was not into or was causing me stress or I hated, then that’s when I would probably pack it in," Capaldi added.



 

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