I’ve heard of Taylor Swift triggering explosive diarrhea, but this out of hand! Zoe Fennessy, 26, has an epileptic seizure each time she hears the R&B singer Ne-yo‘s voice! Zoe wears headphones everyplace she goes just in case she encounters one of his songs when she’s out in the city.
“I’ll be walking around the supermarket doing my food shopping and I have to put my earphones in to listen to my own music just in case it comes on.
“It’s the same with most shops. I have to walk in with my ear phones in at first just to make sure they don’t have Ne-Yo on,” she said.
Zoe was diagnosed with ‘musicogenic seizures’ which are triggered only by the tone of Ne-Yo’s voice. It wasn’t until Ne-Yo released his first big hit, the Pitbull-featuring ‘Give Me Everything,’ that Zoe suffered her first seizure… OHkay that actually makes a lot of sense. Pitbull is also involved. I can see it now.
“It took me a while to realise that they were being triggered by his songs, and I think it wasn’t until I had heard it for about the 15th time that it finally twigged what was going on,” she said.
“The song was really popular and I went to my consultant and I said ‘I know this sounds extremely bizarre, but every time I hear this song I have a seizure’.
“He said it was fascinating and that he had never heard anything like it, and I said that while it might be fascinating, I was really struggling – the song was everywhere at the time.”
In June of this year Zo-Zo underwent a six-hour long procedure to remove a large portion of her left temporal lobe, where doctors thought the seizures may originate. The operation reduced the symptoms of her condition, but she still has a fit every time she hears Ne-Yo’s voice.
“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.
“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.”
Zoe, if you’re reading this, hon, whatever you do DON’T press play on the video below! And if you happen to have good taste in music — ALSO don’t press play on the video below. You may also seizure.
[via the mirror]