Lewis Capaldi’s mum breaks down in floods of tears over horrific family tragedy that he witnessed as a child
LEWIS Capaldi’s mum has broken down in floods of tears over a horrific family tragedy the singer witnessed as a child.
Speaking as part of his new documentary, Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now, mum Carol revealed her son had been in the house when her sister tragically passed away.
In the Netflix documentary, Lewis, 26, opens up about his ongoing battle with anxiety and being an hypochondriac.
Hypochondria causes suffers to feel extreme anxiety about their health, including worrying that are or may become seriously ill.
“I’ve always been a hypochondriac,” the singer said. “I’ve been obsessed like, if something is wrong with me, I’m like, ‘F**k, I’m dying’.
“I went to a therapist and she was like, ‘Do you not think that’s got something to do with the fact that your grandmother and your aunt both died when you were like three and four, within a year.”
After showing footage of Lewis as a young child playing with his family members, his mum and dad Mark revealed the tragic events.
“Pat was Carol’s sister,” Mark began. “She committed suicide.”
Lewis added: “I was there, and I saw a lot of things and stuff. We were outside the flat the night my dad went upstairs and found her.”
Breaking down in tears and struggling to speak, his mum went on to explain: “You feel so guilty, that you didn’t manage to stop it.
“But I think you could drive yourself absolutely insane with it. You need to get to the point and think, ‘Well, you can’t stop somebody’.
“You can try and help, give them as much help and support you can but unless they want help themselves, there’s not much you can do.
“I still feel guilty about it, I still feel as if, um, I need to stop.”
Carol walked away from the camera and out the door before she was heard sobbing off camera, as her husband came to comfort her.
“They’re talking about Pat,” Carol could be heard telling Mark in between crying as the family rallied round her.
Lewis later revealed that he wrote his hit song Before You Go about his aunt – as he also struggled to keep his emotions in.
It comes after Lewis’ heartbroken dad was seen breaking down in tears elsewhere in the programme after he experienced symptoms of Tourette’s on stage.
The Scottish star suffered from uncontrollable tics while performing his song Fade at his first ever show in Wembley in 2020.
Lewis had been laying down new tracks for his sophomore album at the time, after shooting to fame with his debut record, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.
And the stress of trying to repeat its success caused his symptoms to spiral, with the tics showing on stage.
His condition had not yet been diagnosed, and Lewis’ dad Mark is seen frustrated and struggling to come to terms with what is happening.
Mark says of the moment Lewis asks the band to stop playing midway through his performance: “He f*****g stops singing. So I bolted, ran down the stairs. And the crowd has gone quiet.”
With tears in his eyes, Mark continues: “I’m shouting, ‘Go on!’ And I’m breaking my heart, and he’s there, and it’s bad.”
Lewis also recalled what was going through his head, saying: “This twitch became out of control, and it was awful.
“It was absolutely horrific. I started to get in my head about these pressures about things.
“There’s skin in the game there, rather than just me singing my silly little songs. Other people are depending on me.”
Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now is available to stream on Netflix