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Etiquette advisor says it’s a shame Lewis Capaldi swears so much

By | Published on Monday 9 March 2020

Lewis Capaldi

Etiquette adviser Liz Brewer has revealed that she was hired to teach Lewis Capaldi how to walk and talk correctly in 2018, before he shot to fame. Although a rep for the musician has said that the session was for a comedic video to promote his single ‘Grace’, which was ultimately never used, rather than a genuine attempt to smooth his rougher edges.

Over three hours at Brewer’s home, she tells the Daily Record, Capaldi was apparently taught how to introduce himself to people, make small talk, walk elegantly and get out of a car correctly, among other things.

Although she did not disclose her fee, Brewer says that she was paid “well over four figures”, adding: “He wasn’t a big star then and didn’t have the reputation he has now. But they must have thought he had potential to spend that money”.

As for how he faired in her class, she says that “he was a good pupil and listened carefully”, although she expressed dismay at his tendency to swear – particularly during his acceptance speech for the Best New Artist award at last month’s BRITs.

“None of the classes included any swearing and he never swore when he was with me”, she says. “It’s a great shame he feels he has to swear now as he’s a nice guy with huge talent. I think it’s an age thing and I’m sure he will grow out of it”.

A spokesperson for Capaldi insists that this was not a serious attempt to improve the musician’s manners, saying: “This was part of a jokey video series filmed around the release of Lewis’s single ‘Grace’ but never released. Lewis’s team loves him exactly how he is”.

Meanwhile, Capaldi has just announced an expansion of his existing mental health support initiative. First announced last year, he has now revealed more details about the scheme – called LiveLive – which will offer support services for people attending his upcoming arena shows to manage anxiety and panic attacks.

The service will offer quiet spaces and access to trained mental health professionals at the shows, as well as the opportunity to find ‘gig buddies’ before the event too.