Fame Academy’s Lemar talks painful health woes that can ‘spiral out of control’

Fame Academy’s Lemar talks painful health woes that can ‘spiral out of control’


Although he makes performing look easy, Lemar has revealed that taking to the stage is now much more complicated for him after being diagnosed with tinnitus.

While opening up on his latest album, Page In My Heart, the 50/50 hitmaker exclusively told Express.co.uk that the condition can leave him “in pain” while on tour.

BBC’s Fame Academy star, 45, suffers from the health problem that, according to the NHS, involves hearing a ringing or buzzing in your ear, which does not come from an outside source.

When quizzed on whether tinnitus has impacted his music career, Lemar revealed: “It hasn’t impacted the way I make music, but it’s definitely impacted the way I approach live performances, and how strict I am with certain sound rounds on stage.”

Lemar went on to recall an issue he had experienced with his soundcheck in Manchester earlier this year, so he struggled with his symptoms in the aftermath of the gig.

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He explained: “Unfortunately, in Manchester, I didn’t get an amazing soundcheck because of other things I had to do, so after the Manchester gig it was really loud.

“For London, I was in a little bit of pain, but it’s just something that I’ve got to adapt with.”

Lemar has come to realise that when he performs with a live band on stage without a thorough soundcheck, his condition can “spiral out of control”.

The singer divulged: “I think the more I’m on stage with the band, you know, performing with the band is very different to performing with, say, just a CD and a guitar.

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“Because they’re just two levels that stay the same.

“But with the band, things can fluctuate and if you don’t really get a proper sound check, things can go way out where it spirals out of control.

“So it’s just something that with time, I’ll find different solutions to try and just keep the levels low in the ears.”

It is often unclear what causes tinnitus, but it is usually linked to some form of hearing loss.

The NHS advises that sufferers should try to avoid things that can make tinnitus worse, including stress or loud background noises.

Lemar’s latest album Page In My Heart is available to stream now on Apple Music and Spotify.

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