The 26-year-old had brain surgery to remove her left temporal lobe in June in the hopes of fixing the problem, but still suffers from crippling seizures, which cause her to freeze and vomit the moment she hears the singer’s voice.
Fennessy was diagnosed as an epileptic in 2008, but had her first music-induced seizure in 2011 when she heard Ne-Yo’s hit “Give Me Everything.” To scientifically prove that his voice was the cause of her fits, Fennessy was forced to be monitored by doctors while listening to Ne-Yo’s music.
She was soon diagnosed with a rare illness which causes musicogenic seizures. Fennessy has to wear headphones when she goes into stores in case the singer’s songs are playing.
“If he ever releases a greatest hits album, it’s going to be a nightmare,” she told the Daily Mail. “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.”
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.
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