Most people are thrilled when they hear one of Ne-Yo’s tracks come on the radio, but while the majority of us are singing along and tapping our feet, one woman doesn’t have the same reaction to the singer’s music.
British mother Zoe Fennessy, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, revealed to the Daily Mail that when she hears Ne-Yo’s music she has a terrible reaction as it causes her to have violent seizures.
Fennessy claims her first music-induced seizure occurred when she heard Ne-Yo’s track “Give Me Everything” in 2011, and she now has to wear earphones whenever she goes out just in case one of the singer’s hit tracks plays when she goes to the stores.
Fennessy has been diagnosed with the rare condition called musicogenic seizures, and every time she hears Ne-Yo’s voice she endures a crippling seizure, which, according to the Daily Mail, makes “her freeze, vomit and unable to react to the world around her.”
“I don’t dislike Ne-Yo or his music. It just dislikes me unfortunately,” she told the publication.
In June, she had brain surgery to remove her left temporal lobe with the hope that the problem would be fixed, but the surgery was not successful, and doctors now fear she may have to live with this condition forever.
“If he ever releases a greatest hits album it’s going to be a nightmare,” she added. “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.”