Lewis Capaldi is seriously the musical man of the moment right now – especially after his song ‘Someone You Loved’ reached Number 1 in the USA. The Scottish singer shot to fame after releasing his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ in May 2019, and his ever-catchy songs like ‘Before You Go’ and ‘Bruises’ have helped to make him super-successful here in the UK and across the pond.
He’s had two Number 1 singles including ‘Someone Who Loved’ which he’s revealed his parents weren’t very keen on! Speaking to a US radio station, Lewis told how he played his parents two songs, “Maybe a year-and-a-half ago, and I played them two songs. One was a piano ballad and one was a summer song, it was a bit more upbeat.
“They said, ‘The upbeat one is really good, the piano ballad we are not really into’. That piano ballad ended up being ‘Someone You Loved’!”
Of course we all know what happened with the song. It was really popular around the world, reached Number 1 here and even won the singer a BRIT Award!
Not only is Scotland’s very own nightingale absolutely hilarious in interviews, but his Instagram feed is a spirit-lifter if ever we’ve seen one… His obsession with sunglasses is thoroughly documented on Instagram complete with side-splitting videos – so if you ever need a pick-me-up, just have a scroll through Lewis Capaldi’s best Twitter moments or read up on some interesting Lewis Capaldi facts!
As lewis celebrates his birthday on October 7th, here are nine things we love about Lewis Capaldi…
1) He’s an incredibly talented songwriter
So far, Lewis Capaldi’s most successful single is ‘Someone You Loved’ – having spent seven weeks at Number 1 and being certified 2x Platinum in the UK. It also performed well in Europe and the US.
‘Hold Me While You Wait’ has also been very successful, reaching Number 4 in the UK and Number 1 in the Scottish charts, as well as being certified Gold in the UK – and 2018 single ‘Grace’ peaked at Number 9 in the UK, and was certified Platinum in the UK. He also co-wrote ‘How To Be Lonely’ by Rita Ora and we cannot wait to hear his second album!
2) He has the voice of an angel
Sorry to state the obvious, but we couldn’t leave out the fact that Lewis Capaldi’s voice is seriously stunning in a list of reasons that we love him. It’s a really unique voice, and lends itself well to his beautiful songs.
3) His Instagram profile is hilarious
Of course, we all know how brilliant Lewis’ social media presence is, but just as an example, read all about Lewis explaining how he managed to block a toilet… If you’re not aware of this story, here’s what happened in a nutshell:
During a recent trip to Hollywood where he stayed in a hotel, Lewis documented his sheer shock when he used the toilet (for a number two) and it wouldn’t flush. Not panicking, the singer decided to look for the toilet brush, but there wasn’t one, driving him into a hilarious rant to his Instagram followers.
Lewis told us, “I wouldn’t lie about that! You should have seen me when I walked into the toilet and saw what I left myself in the night, it was like a dirty Santa Claus. There are some weird people on Hollywood Boulevard, people getting photos and stuff with me, a plunger in hand.”
Watch him explain the hilarious story…
Lewis also recently used his Instagram profile to mess with his friend, Niall Horan. Lewis, who previously toured as support for the former One Direction star, gave a hilarious commentary on Niall’s music video for his new single, ‘Nice To Meet Ya’.
4) His obsession with sunglasses makes us laugh
Another of Lewis’ quirks is that he’s always posting about all the sunglasses he receives – and even told us about it recently! He said, “It’s getting ridiculous! I’d say I have at least 125 pairs, there’s a suitcase that we take with us because people keep bringing me sunglasses as a present.
“That’s the thing, the joy of it – I go to the bathroom with sunglasses on, everywhere I go I take sunglasses. This is who I am now, apparently! They’re not designer at all – I have one pair of designer sunglasses, but as soon as you wear real sunglasses, everyone’s like, ‘Look at this guy!’
“People bring me sunglasses and ask for a picture, basically people want me to be a performing animal, it’s like a zoo – this is what fame is, this is what notoriety is.”
Lewis made sure he was wearing some spectacular sunglasses in his recent celebrity singalong music video for ‘Bruises’. Lew got some of the biggest names in showbiz to mime along to his emotional song, and put them together in a hilarious montage video!
5) He’s such a kind soul
There are many ways in which Lewis has proved what a genuinely nice bloke he is, but the kindness he showed to one of his young deaf fans was particularly heartwarming. After performing at the Belladrum Festival in Scotland on 1st – 3rd Aug, Lewis then met one of his young fans, a 10-year-old girl called Niamdh Braid who was born deaf, after her parents set up a campaign for Lewis to meet the little girl.
But not only did Lewis take time out to meet her and spend time with her, but he then made her dreams come true by doing a very unique duet with Niamdh. Whilst he sang his hit single ‘Someone You Loved’, Niamdh translated the song in British Sign Language as Lewis sang.
Fans were incredibly emotional after watching the video, and took to Twitter to share their thoughts. One wrote, ‘Yes! I love this!! Everyone needs to see what a beautiful language British Sign Language is !!’ as another added, ‘Waw what a beautiful gesture! Lots of respect and <3.’ [sic]
Her mum Sam told The Scotsman, “Niamdh was absolutely elated that Lewis took the time to sing with her. He was such a down-to-earth guy, he even admitted he was nervous and he was great with the kids.
“He even posed for pictures in the glasses he is famous for wearing in videos and gave them to the kids as a gift. All Niamdh wanted to do was raise some awareness, and show other deaf children that you can do anything you want to do.”
6) He’s related to Doctor Who
It’s true – Lewis Capaldi is related to actor Peter Capaldi! Lewis recently discovered that Doctor Who star Peter is his dad’s second cousin, and he even enlisted the help of Peter to star in his music video for hit song ‘Someone You Loved’, which was made in partnership with charity organisation Live Life Give Life in order to raise awareness for the issue of organ donation.
Speaking at the time, Lewis said, “Despite being related, prior to the video I’d only met Peter once when he came along to a show of mine in London last year. It was such a massive honour getting to work with him and director Phil Beastall over the two days we shot. He’s absolutely incredible in the video and I’m so proud of how it turned out.”
7) He doesn’t take himself too seriously
If you’re a fan of Lewis Capaldi – and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you be? – you’ll probably have heard about his recent falling-out with Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame. To recap, Noel started the feud in June 2019 after despairing over the state over modern music in an interview, later calling Lewis an “idiot”.
Not batting an eyelid, Lewis took it in his stride and took to social media with a video, saying, “What a day. It’s Father’s Day and I’m getting slagged off by a man who’s old enough to be my da’. I’ve never been more happy. Happy Father’s Day, Noel.”
After a bit more back-and-forth, Lewis then dressed up as Noel’s brother Liam – with whom Noel also has a famous feud – for his performance at Glastonbury Festival 2019, even using Noel’s initial interview as the lead-in to his show.
Noel then launched a foul-mouthed, expletive-riddled tirade about Lewis, rudely calling him ‘Chewbacca’ – but of course, Lewis just used this to his advantage once again, and came on-stage to his performance at TRNSMT Festival in July 2019 wearing a Chewbacca mask.
Since then, fellow Scottish singer Paolo Nutini bought the mask and started a charity fundraiser to raise money for mental health charity, Tiny Changes, which was set up by the family of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison who took his own life in May 2018.
Tiny Changes takes its name from a lyric from the Frightened Rabbit song ‘Head Rolls Off’ (‘While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to Earth’). Paolo Nutini said, “I really wanted to find a way to help out the Tiny Changes Charity.
“Not only am I a big fan of Frightened Rabbit but I was lucky enough to share the stage with them on various occasions – most memorably for me on Hogmanay in Edinburgh 2017. Scott was such a great and honest songwriter who was not afraid to convey what he was going through in such a beautiful and honest way.”
Lewis announced his brand new Christmas jumper in December 2019, The Lewis Capaldi “My Big Fat Sexy Christmas Jumper” – which you can buy from his website for £45!
He also shut down a Twitter troll who criticised him for drinking at the BRIT Awards, and gave a hilarious acceptance speech in which he clarified that his song ‘Someone You Loved’ was NOT about his ex-girlfriend Paige Turley, who later commented on it. The pair are friends now though, as Paige revealed Lewis congratulated her for winning Love Island!
8) He’s humble despite his huge fame
Lewis Capaldi spent the day with Elton John in August 2019 telling his fans ‘My life is f—ing mental. Thank you for the free food @eltonjohn.’ Fans of the singers commented on how similar they looked in the photo, with one joking they were ‘Dad and son’, and another saying, ‘Lewis you look a bit like his love child’, to which he replied, ‘haha he’s a handsome man’.
Elton shared the same photo with the caption, ‘Spending the day with the next British superstar.’
He also told us about how he still lives at home with his mum and dad – telling us in November 2019, “I still live with my mum and dad, Carole and Mark, I always say just my mum and my dad gets really angry saying, ‘Do I not count?’. I’m never really there, rent free, my mum does all my washing.”
Lewis also showed off his unique mixture of humility and humour in January 2020, when he became BFFs with none other than Justin Bieber!
9) He’s proud to be Scottish
Lewis is always mentioning how much he loves being Scottish! After performing at TRNSMT festival in July 2019 in Glasgow, Lewis took to Instagram to share a set of photos and videos of himself at the festival, writing, ‘glasgow thank u all so so f—ing much this was the best moment of my life, can’t believe this happened!! 😭 don’t chewbac in anger 🎉.’ [sic]
Now find out more about Lewis Capaldi…
Who is Lewis Capaldi?
Lewis Capaldi is a singer, best known for his singles ‘Grace’, ‘Someone You Loved’ and ‘Hold Me While You Wait’.
How old is Lewis Capaldi?
Lewis’ birthday is 7th October 1996, making him currently 23-years-old.
Where is Lewis Capaldi from?
Lewis was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but moved to Whitburn in West Lothian at the age of four. He also has Italian ancestry, hence his surname!
How did Lewis Capaldi get famous?
Lewis started playing the guitar at the age of nine, and by 12-years-old was performing in pubs. In a Q&A with Music Week, Lewis’ manager Ryan Walter revealed that he’d discovered him after looking through SoundCloud.
He said, “I was looking for something that I thought had the potential to go all the way. I wanted something with broad, mainstream appeal and when I found Lewis I was like, ‘This guy’s voice, it cuts through’.”
Lewis worked on his debut EP ‘Bloom EP’ with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, who has worked with John Legend and One Direction’s Zayn Malik. It was released in October 2017, and featured single ‘Bruises’ which was an instant hit, and got Lewis his first record deal with Virgin EMI Records and Capitol Records.
He then toured as support for the likes of Niall Horan, Sam Smith and Kodaline in 2018, and was on the line-up for plenty of UK festivals.
Is Lewis Capaldi friends with Niall Horan?
He sure is! After touring with the One Direction star, Niall and Lewis became fast friends – with Lewis even giving a hilarious commentary on Niall’s music video for his new single, ‘Nice To Meet Ya’. Unfortunately, Lewis uploaded the video to his Instagram Story, so it’s now disappeared.
Are Lewis Capaldi and Niall Horan going to collaborate?
Lewis and Niall sparked collaboration rumours in October 2019 when Lewis posted a series of photos of the two of them together. These photos caused fans to go wild over the prospect of the pair collaborating, however nothing has been confirmed.
Despite this, Lewis did tell us on the red carpet of the Q Awards that he has already recorded a song with Niall, but it was a while ago and he isn’t sure if it will be released.
The pair also worked together on a cover of ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry – and it’s amazing!
In November 2018, Lewis released his second extended play – ‘Breach’, which contained songs ‘Tough’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Someone You Loved’. He then released his first album, ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’, in May 2019, which spent six weeks at Number 1 in the UK charts.
It became the fastest-selling album of the year and was certified Gold in the UK one week after its release, which makes it the best-selling debut album by a British artist in over eight years.
In true Lewis style, he announced his album with the statement, “Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring.”
He can’t have hated it that much, because he’s already talking about releasing his second album! Watch this space…
Which awards has Lewis Capaldi won?
In 2017, Lewis won the Scottish Alternative Music Awards for Best Acoustic Act. Lewis was long-listed in the BBC’s Sound of 2018, an award which eventually went to Sigrid. In 2019, he was nominated for the prestigious BRITs Critics Choice Award, which went to Sam Fender.
Although it wasn’t an award, Lewis made music history after becoming the first ever artist to announce and sell out an arena tour before they’ve even released a debut album.
Lewis was his usual hilarious self when we met him at Birmingham in November 2019, telling us all about the awards shows he’s been to so far. “I don’t know, I think Grammy’s… Billie Eilish is going to win everything, which is fine,” he explained.
“We’ll see what happens. You get a lot of that award stuff and it’s like, I’m not… Listen, I got into music not for the awards or the adulation or the fame, for the money,” the prankster joked. “So here we are and it’s all good. So awards shows, you know what I mean?”
Talking about his Number 1 album, Lewis said, “It’s very nice to be part of a conversation like that, but I don’t know, I don’t think about it because then you don’t want to be disappointed and that, but it’s all good.
“You want to be like Leo [DiCaprio] before he won the Oscar, do you know what I mean? I like to be nominated for everything and never win anything because then you always come close to this consistently.” Watch the moment below…
Although Lewis lost out on the GRAMMY Award to Billie Eilish, he did recount a hilarious story from the show – revealing that he got mistaken as a seat filler! 😂
Lewis won two awards at the BRIT Awards 2020 – taking home the gongs for Song of the Year and Best New Artist as well as giving a beautiful performance of ‘Someone You Loved’. He also shut down a Twitter troll who criticised him for drinking at the BRITs.
When did Lewis Capaldi meet Ed Sheeran?
Lewis Capaldi was supporting Ed Sheeran on the last few dates of his ‘÷’ tour, when he sparked collaboration rumours. Both Lewis and Ed posted photos of themselves backstage at Ed’s concert, with many fans asking when a collaboration was going to happen.
Is Lewis Capaldi popular in America?
Yes, Lewis Capaldi is very popular in America. The singer has just celebrated his song ‘Someone You Love’ going to Number 1 across the pond with a series of funny photos.
When it was Number 1 for a second week running, Lewis shared another post of himself frolicking in the snow, with the caption, ‘a YEAR ago this week ‘someone you loved’ was released and today it’s just gone to NUMBER 1 IN AMERICA FOR A SECOND WEEK!!! ❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸 the snow leopard (me) thanks you all for what you’ve done for him, what a ridiculous year ❤️.’ [sic]
What happened with Lewis Capaldi’s ex-girlfriend Paige Turley?
After Paige was confirmed to appear on Winter Love Island, she name-dropped her ex-boyfriend Lewis – which definitely helped her popularity on the show! It turned out that she’s a singer too, and even auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent back in the day.
The pair have now buried the hatchet, after Paige apologised for her behaviour towards Lewis, and Lewis wished her well and good luck on the show – however he was clear to confirm that ‘Someone You Loved’ was NOT about Paige!
Is Lewis Capaldi on tour?
Lewis Capaldi finished his tour promoting his debut album, ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ in late 2019.
Lewis learned to play the drums and guitar when he was just two-years-old, and started off singing in pubs at the age of nine. At 17, he decided to pursue a full-time career in music, and was discovered by his manager through his SoundCloud account.
Lewis released his first EP ‘Bloom’ in October 2017, having worked on it with producer Malay and released ‘Bruises’ in March that year. He was then signed to Universal Music Group, and was long-listed for BBC’s Sound of Music 2018, later supporting Rag’n’Bone Man on his European tour in November 2017.
After supporting Rag’n’Bone Man, Lewis came to the attention of former One Direction star Niall Horan. The pair became friends and Lewis joined him as a support act for his ‘Flicker World Tour’ in March 2018, before going on tour as support for Sam Smith two months later.
We caught up with Lewis in May 2019, and he explained the story behind the toilet brush incident from his Snapchat Story… “I wouldn’t lie about that! You should have seen me when I walked into the toilet and saw what I left myself in the night, it was like a dirty Santa Claus. There are some weird people on Hollywood Boulevard, people getting photos and stuff with me, a plunger in hand.”
Lewis took to the stage at various music festivals in the summer of 2018, playing Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Reading & Leeds Festival and TRNSMT. He also supported Kodaline in August 2018.
Lewis released his second EP ‘Breach’ in November 2018, containing songs ‘Grace’ and ‘Someone You Loved’, which became Lewis’ breakthrough single and was Number 1 in the UK for seven weeks.
Lewis released his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ in May 2019, and it became the best-selling UK album in five years. He was nominated for the hugely coveted Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITs 2019, which has now been renamed to the Rising Star Award, and was won in 2019 by Sam Fender.
Elton and Lewis became firm friends, and Lewis shared this super-cute photo of himself and Elton having lunch together.
The album was certified Gold two weeks after the album was released. Lewis’ tour was announced before the release of his album, and he became the first artist ever to sell out an arena tour before his debut album was released.
In October 2019, ‘Someone You Loved’ reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which made him the first Scottish solo artist to top the US chart since 1981. The video for the song was released two months beforehand, and starred actor Peter Capaldi – who is a distant cousin of Lewis’. The singer was also announced as the opening act for Niall Horan’s ‘Nice to Meet Ya Tour’, which will start in April 2020. In December 2019, Lewis recruited celebrities all over the world to help make a hilarious video to his song ‘Bruises’.
January 2020: Grammy Awards
a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Lewis Capaldi at the GRAMMYs© Credits: © Getty Images Lewis Capaldi at the GRAMMYs
He was nominated at the Grammy Awards 2020 for the category of Song of the Year for ‘Someone You Loved’, unfortunately losing out to Billie Eilish for ‘Bad Guy’. Lewis also had a hilarious moment at the Grammys in January, taking to Twitter with the story that he’d been mistaken for a seat filler!
When his ex-girlfriend Paige Turley went into the Love Island villa, reports surfaced that his song ‘Someone You Loved’ was about her – but Lewis revealed it was about his late grandmother.
Taking to Twitter in January, Lewis treated his fans to one of his classic selfies – something we all love him for – and wrote the caption, ‘I’ve decided that I’m equally as handsome as Shawn Mendes and Bieber.’
Justin then actually replied, saying, ‘You are’, before Lewis retweeted it and wrote, ‘Bieber approved’.
Lewis was nominated for four awards at the BRITs 2020: Male Solo Artist, Best New Artist, Song of the Year for ‘Someone You Loved’ and Album of the Year for ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’. He went on to win Song of the Year and Best New Artist.