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Susan Boyle in her dressing room at the Music Hall on July 4 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on “Britain’s Got Talent” was diagnosed last year but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time.
Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said: “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid.
“I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
Susan Boyle sings ‘I Dream a Dream’ on ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’
Asperger’s has an impact on social and communication skills. It also hinders the ability to form relationships and behave appropriately in certain social situations.
“I went to seek a diagnosis from a Scottish specialist,” she told The Observer. “Nobody told me to. I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn’t function properly.”
She also reveals she was bullied at school, with other children calling her “Susie Simple.”
Boyle, 52, became globally famous after the video of her singing “I Dreamed a Dream” went viral with over 100 million hits within days.