Lewis Capaldi has announced that he’s taking a break from touring for the foreseeable future after struggling through his Glastonbury performance, apologising profusely to his fans.
In a statement shared on Instagram, the Someone You Loved singer wrote: ‘Hello everyone. 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 musician continued: ‘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 26-year-old explained that he used to enjoy ‘every second’ of his live shows, and he’d hoped that his previous break of three weeks would ‘sort me out’ before his Glastonbury set on the Pyramid Stage.
However, he added that he’s ‘still learning to adjust to the impact of my Tourette’s’, outlining that on Saturday during his performance, when the crowd helped to sing his song while he was experienced difficulties, it ‘became obvious’ to him that he needs to ‘spend much more time getting my mental and physical health in order, so I can keep doing everything I love for along time to come’.
The Bruises artist continued: ‘I know I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to take some time out when others can’t and 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.’
Concluding his heartfelt statement, Lewis said: ‘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’ll be back as soon as I possibly can. All my love, always, Lewis x.’
The Brit Award-winning and Grammy-nominated musician was due to perform in Zürich, Switzerland tonight, with more tour dates scheduled in the coming months in countries including Spain, Germany and South Korea.
Fans and celebrities rushed to the comments to offer messages of support, with Laura Whitmore writing: ‘It’s very brave to make this decision and everyone will be still here when you come back ( listening to the album on repeat!) We love you Lewis ♥️x.’
Stacey Dooley commented with a heart emoji, while Chicken Shop Date host Amelia Dimoldenberg wrote: ‘We love you.’
TV personality Kate Lawler added: ‘Kate Lawler: The right decisions are often the hardest ones to make. :heart: Get well soon and your comeback will be magical.’
Before his return to the stage at Glastonbury, Lewis put out a statement announcing that he’d decided to cancel all commitments leading up to the festival.
In the message published on June 5, he wrote: ‘The last few months have been full on both mentally and physically, I haven’t been home properly since Christmas and at the moment I’m struggling to get to grips with it all.
‘I need to take a moment to rest and recover, to be at my best and ready for Glastonbury and all of the other incredible shows coming up so that I’m able to continue doing what I love for a long time to come.’
He also added that he was ‘getting all the help and support I need from the incredible people around me who I’m so grateful for’.
During his Glastonbury show, Lewis struggled to sing his song in full, resulting in the thousands of people in the crowd instantly showing him support by belting out the lyrics in unison, in one of the most moving moments from the 2023 festival.
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