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5 Celebrities With Tourette’s Syndrome

5 Celebrities With Tourette’s Syndrome

There is not enough awareness or acceptance when it comes to Tourette’s Syndrome.


1 in 162 children has Tourette’s and they grow up to be adults with Tourette’s.
So the chances of you coming across someone with Tourettes in your lifetime is highly likely.
In fact, you might know someone with Tourette’s but have not realised that they have Tourette’s.

This is because people assume that Tourette’s is all about swearing and inappropriate language when actually only 10% of people with Tourette’s have coprolalia.

So you might not have known that these celebrities also have Tourette’s Syndrome!

Billie Eilish

Diagnosed with Tourette’s at age 11 Billie Eilish opened up to David Letterman in this clip. She talks about how people often react to her tics by laughing. She also confirms that there are many people out there with Tourette’s Syndrome that you wouldn’t even know about!

Dan Aykroyd

The actor Dan Aykroyd is well known for his roles in the movies Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers. Dan is also autistic which is another condition that is often seen alongside Tourette’s Syndrome. Diagnosed with Tourette’s at 12 Dan managed to control his tics through therapy.

David Beckham

One of the most famous English Footballers David Beckham has Tourette’s Syndrome.

Not much is known about his Tourette’s Syndrome.  However, he has opened up about his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which often goes alongside Tourette’s.

Tim Howard

Another footballer Tim Howard was the goalkeeper for Everton Football Club.  He also has Tourette’s Syndrome. Whilst he says Tourette’s affected his childhood it also brought unique skills to his game.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Former basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf had quite noticeable tics even during basketball games. He was also known for having the most accurate free-throw shooting record.

If I woke up and I didn’t have Tourette’s Syndrome, it would feel weird – not better or worse, just different.

— Tim Howard

People with Tourette’s Syndrome can be high achievers and very successful. Here are just 5 celebrities that have Tourette’s Syndrome but there are many many more. Tourette’s needs more awareness and acceptance so check out some Tourette’s Myths here

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