Lewis Capaldi slams Sean Connery over his comments about hitting women
Lewis Capaldi has slammed ex-James Bond actor Sean Connery over his views on hitting women.
The singer made the remarks in a interview by French TV station France24.
Capaldi was playing a game on the show called 'Bam or Belter' in which journalist Majorie Hache asked the 23-year-old singer his opinion on famous Scottish people.
Lewish said he believed 89-year-old Connery is a "bam" – or of below average mentality – after watching an interview in which the actor said he thought hitting women was acceptable.
Capaldi was shocked at this statement and said during his interview with France24: "Bam. There's a video of him talking about hitting women, and he says 'sometimes they deserve a slap', and you're like Sean, no."
In an interview with Playboy magazine in 1965, Sean said: "You can do a woman a lot more harm by moral torture than with a slap.
"I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong in hitting a woman, though I don’t recommend you do it the same way that you hit a man."
Sean also added that he still stands by his opinion and doesn't think its right or wrong to hit women.
Lewis Capaldi announced his concerts are to provide safe spaces and an email helpline for fans suffering from anxiety alongside a gig-buddy system for those arriving alone.
The Scottish star has set up the initiative, known as Livelive, after revealing his struggles with panic attacks that have previously forced him to stop performing and leave gigs early.
Several American and British celebrities are thought to already be in touch with the trendsetter about having Livelive at their concerts, in a move that is set to signal more mental health provisions being made in the industry.
Tickets for Capaldi's March 2020 UK Arena Tour shows included a 60p charge which funds a team to help with mental health support.
He formed Livelive after fans sent messages thanking him for talking about his own experiences with panic attacks.
He told the BBC: "I've had a couple on stage, there was this instance where we were supporting Bastille in Manchester and I had to stop on my second-to-last song. I had to let everyone know, 'I'm really sorry, I'm having a panic attack, I need to stop'."
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