*We’ve heard a lot of stories of how people are affected by music. It puts some people in the mood to dance, of course. While is puts others in the mood to make love. Some music inspires us to write, while some makes us want to just put the headphones on and go for a nice long walk. But there is one British mother who doesn’t fit into any of these categories. She claims music — more specifically, the music of brilliant songwriter, singer, producer and dancer Ne-yo, causes her to have crippling seizures.
No lie. This is what she claims, and further, it has been proven scientifically.
Now we know Ne-yo has always wanted people to be moved by his music. But this, my friends, is taking that a bit far, don’t you think?
Zoe Fennessy found out the hard way that she is moved by Ne-yo’s music, but not in a way that feels good. She recently revealed to The Daily Mail that the R&B crooner’s music causes her to have violent seizures.
The 26-year-old had brain surgery to remove her left temporal lobe in June in an attempt to fix the problem, but she still suffers from the crippling seizures, which cause her to freeze and vomit the moment she hears the singer’s voice.
I wonder if the singer has heard about this.
An epileptic who was diagnosed in 2007, it wasn’t until 2011 after hearing Ne-Yo’s hit “Give Me Everything,” that Fennessy went to have her fears scientifically proven. She wanted to know if it really was the singer’s voice that caused her fits, so she was monitored by doctors while listening to Ne-Yo’s music.
Soon she was diagnosed with a rare illness that brings on musicogenic seizures. Fennessy now wears headphones playing her own sounds whenever she enters a store in the event it might be playing the singer’s music.
Halfway joking, Fennessy told the Daily Mail, “If he ever releases a greatest hits album, it’s going to be a nightmare. Whenever I hear the first few beats of the song, I have to drop whatever I am doing and run. I don’t dislike Ne-Yo or his music. It just dislikes me unfortunately,” she declares.
Fennessy acknowledges that her condition can be comical, but it’s also a painful reality in her own life.
“People might think it is funny — and I can laugh at it myself — but it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life,” she said.
SMH. Poor woman.
Watch Zoe join others on Dr’s to discuss the rare illness in the video below.