LEWIS Capaldi has confirmed he will release five new songs on New Year’s Day as part of an “extended edition” of his second album.

In a statement on social media, the Scottish singer provided an update on his health after previously saying he was taking a break from performing

He said he had been working with “some incredible professionals to help me learn about and cope better with my Tourette’s and anxiety issues”.

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“I’m really happy to say I’ve noticed a marked improvement in both since I decided to take some time off back in June”.

New songs

Capaldi said he had “always hoped” to release an extended version of his second album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent.

Writing on Twitter/X, he said: “Prior to my decision to f*** off for a bit, I’d always hoped to release an extended version at some point.

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“After some back-and-forth about whether or not it was the right thing to do, I’ve decided it would be a shame for these extra five songs, which are so incredibly special to me, to sit on my hard drive, never to see the light of day.

“With that, I’m absolutely over the moon to announce that Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent (extended edition) will be yours to listen to tomorrow on New Year’s Day.”

The singer continued: “These songs mean the world to me and I’d be gutted if I’d not been able to share them.

“Hope this tides you all over until we can get in a room and sing them together some day very soon.

"Happy New Year!”

Fans on social media were left delighted at the news with one person commenting: "All the best for 2024 Lewis. Look forward to hearing your new songs."

A second person added: "What a start to the new year," while somebody else said they "couldn't wait" to hear the new songs. 

Several others also wished Capaldi well as he said he continued to take some time off "to focus on my health and wellbeing".

Health update

Capaldi said he had been “overwhelmed by the reaction to the news that I was taking a break”.

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He thanked those who had shared their support and said it was “like nothing I’ve ever experienced and has made me more excited than ever to return to doing what I love at some point in the not too distant future”.

He added that he would “continue taking some time to carry on looking after myself” as he wanted to make sure he was “100% before getting back out there again properly for more shows and doing what I love more than anything”.