Glasgow is “unlike anywhere else in the world,” according to Lewis Capaldi.

The singer and songwriter spoke exclusively with the Glasgow Times following the release of his new album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent – which has already claimed the title of 2023's fastest-selling LP so far.

Lewis, who lives in the city’s West End, has been touring America for the past couple of months but says he is glad to be back home.

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When asked his favourite thing about the city, he said: “The people, my family, my pals. It's unlike anywhere else in the world.

“I just feel f*****g safe when I'm back up the road. I love the patter; I love the pints.

“I've lived in London for a bit as well as living in Glasgow and just nowhere else in the world gives me the feeling that Glasgow gives me. So, yeah, I feel very lucky to be from and live there.”

Lewis also revealed his favourite restaurant in the city. 

“Mother India is probably my favourite, to be honest, I f*****g love Mother India, so big shout out to them”, he said.

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Meanwhile, his favourite song from his new album is The Pretender.

“It’s a song about my own insecurities and my own feelings of impostor syndrome”, he said.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to really like the idea that I have for a song and then end up, you know, not quite nailing it.

"But I think with The Pretender I feel like I really said what I wanted to say, and sort of hit the nail on the head with exactly how I was feeling, which I don't always manage to do. So yeah, that for me is a pretty special one.”

Lewis bravely opened up about his struggles with his mental health and his rise to fame as part of the Netflix Documentary: Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now.

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Several scenes captured the singer’s worry and stress about the putting together and release of his second album.

But Lewis has shared his relief following the response from both the album and the documentary.

He said: “It feels like people seem to really be enjoying the album, which is obviously amazing.

“It's one of these things where it's like, obviously I've never done a second album before, so it's wild.

“It’s a nice feeling and it's nice to hear people’s reactions after such a long time out and see that people are into it, which is a relief.

“But I did not expect the documentary to be as big as it has become. I didn't expect it to become as much of a talking point as it has, but it's been amazing.

“The film's obviously quite heavily based around my mental health so the fact that people have been so nice about it has been really sweet.”

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Lewis revealed that the hardest thing about being in the spotlight is the effect it has on his mental health.

He said: “I think all my mental health issues, whether it be my Tourette's getting worse or my anxiety, panic attacks, they're probably a direct symptom of being in the spotlight to some degree. And it's not like I’m Justin Bieber or Harry Styles, so I don't know how they deal with it. My hat goes off to them.

“It's quite a nerve-wracking experience, not just being in the spotlight, but also what you have to do with this job, there’s a lot of pressure and then getting on stage in front of that many people is pretty alien to me, even still.”

In a recent interview, Lewis admitted he would step away from music if his mental health deteriorates.

When asked how he felt about that, he said: “It's obviously a sad thing, but at the same time my health has to be my priority, you know. I'm still young, and I just want to make sure I'm not f*****g myself now for the rest of my life.

“I want to make sure I’m looking after myself and thinking about my longevity and I'm not saying that I will quit music, but if my mental health was to nosedive, I think the only sane thing to do would be to pack it all in because it would be unfair to me and everyone else.

“If I'm going out on stage every night and I'm mentally not all there, it’s not fair on the people who bought tickets or the people who have set the gigs up. And obviously myself.

“So, yeah we'll see what happens, but I'm taking as many steps as I can to make sure I'm in the best headspace.

“I just feel like I’m in a good headspace just now. But if it was to go t**s up my mental health, then I would take a step back. I would say any singer or anyone suffering from mental health issues in any sort of job that they're doing should do the same.”