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James Durbin Discusses Aspergers and Tourette's Syndromes on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 17th 2011 6:15PM
JAmes Durbin on 'Access Hollywood Live'Recently ousted 'American Idol' contestant James Durbin had to content with a lot growing up with both Aspergers and Tourette's Syndromes. He spoke today on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) about coming home crying every day from school and having kids make fun of him. That prompted Durbin to quit taking medication to control his tics and quirks at age 16.

"[I] was tired of being controlled by a man-made substance," he said. "I feel so comfortable to just live in my own shoes and be me and be who god made me to be." Durbin choked up talking about kids watching him on 'Idol' and telling him their stories. "They watched auditions and say me and, you know, and looked at their mom and said, you know -- it's even hard to talk about -- 'I'm like him, he's like me,'" he said.

It's an inspirational story and proof, said Durbin, that he can do anything.

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