Displays of kindness come in many forms, and Lewis Capaldi was on the receiving end during a concert in Berlin on Feb. 16. Midway through a live performance of “Someone You Loved,” the singer experienced a flare-up of Tourette’s syndrome, which results in tics, twitches, and uncontrollable repeated movements. Fans quickly noticed Capaldi trying to push through the rest of the song and leapt in to help him finish the lyrics.
“And I tend to close my eyes when it hurts sometimes / I fall into your arms / I’ll be safe in your sound ’til I come back around,” Capaldi sang, pausing in between words as his tics became more frequent. In fan footage from the show, Capaldi stepped away from the mic to compose himself as fans chanted the remaining lyrics. “For now the day bleeds / Into nightfall / And you’re not here / To get me through it all,” they sang. “I let my guard down / And then you pulled the rug / I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.”
The singer first opened up about his Tourette’s syndrome in an Instagram Live in September. “I’ve always had it, apparently,” he told fans, according to Billboard. Capaldi added that he was relieved to finally have an explanation for the shoulder twitches he’s been experiencing since 2018. “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,” he said. “It happens all the time. Some days it’s more painful than others and some days it’s less painful. Sometimes it’s quite uncomfortable . . . but it comes and goes.”
The heartwarming onstage moment comes just a few months before the release of Capaldi’s sophomore album, “Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent,” on May 19.