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Lewis Capaldi says he had to sleep in same bed as his mum to help ease panic attacks

Ali Condon

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Lewis Capaldi says he had to sleep in same bed as his mum to help ease panic attacks

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Lewis Capaldi has opened up about his struggles with anxiety and revealed that, when he has his worst panic attacks, he needs his mum to sleep in his bed with him.

The 'Someone You Loved' singer has suffered from mental health difficulties, like anxiety and hypochondria, since shooting to stardom.

He shared that, at one point things got so bad that he booked a private MRI scan after convincing himself he had a brain tumour.

Lewis Capaldi has revealed that he sometimes needs his mum to sleep in his bed with him. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO
Lewis Capaldi has revealed that he sometimes needs his mum to sleep in his bed with him. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO

Speaking on Steven Bartlett's The Diary of a CEO podcast, Lewis, 25, got candid about his mental health difficulties and the progress he has made with therapy, and the help of his mum.

Since Lewis' mum Carol is a nurse, she is often the only person he turns to for help.

He joked: "If I phone her and I say, 'Mum, I've got a headache, I'm dizzy, I think I've got a brain tumour or something,' she'll be like, 'Shut the f**k up, you're fine. Take some paracetamol and go to bed.'

"If I'm having a panic attack, there's nobody else can talk me out of it like my mum.

"My mum has had to sleep in my bed as recently as a month ago because of how bad my anxiety got, at one point."

He said that he often goes to his mum for help when he is at his darkest. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO
He said that he often goes to his mum for help when he is at his darkest. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO

The Brit Award winner admitted that his anxiety and hypochondria often gets to a point where he 'can't imagine it not being something life-threatening.'

Offering an example, Lewis said it was once so bad that he convinced he had a brain tumour and cancelled a concert.

"I thought I had a brain tumour and I was worrying about it so much and getting so anxious that I was dizzy, that would then feed back into the 'oh I'm dizzy so I must have a brain tumour. Why else would I be dizzy?'

"It even got so bad a couple of years ago that I went and paid for a MRI scan, I was meant to play Austin City Limits music festival in Austin and I just had to cancel the trip.

"It got so bad that I was like ‘I cannot get on a plane and go to Austin'. So I went and got the MRI and obviously I was fine. It was all in my head."

Lewis said that he suspects his mental health difficulties stemmed from his childhood, but peaked when he hit the big-time.

His hypochondria got so bad that he was convinced he had a brain tumour. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO
His hypochondria got so bad that he was convinced he had a brain tumour. Credit: YouTube/The Diary Of A CEO

"I have really bad anxiety. It never really reached a tipping point until after getting famous, I never had a panic attack until after I was famous, or after I was a musician or after I got to a height", he said.

Listeners were touched after hearing Lewis speak so openly about his mental health, and took to social media to commend him for his courage.


Topics: Celebrity, UOKM8

Ali Condon
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