Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
Boyle became a worldwide singing sensation after her 2009 stint on Britain’s Got Talent, but made just as many headlines for her shy, “cat lady-esque” demeanor. In fact, the 52-year-old singleton was treated for an emotional breakdown shortly after losing the reality competition.
Susan grappled with learning problems growing up, which was attributed to brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. Her struggles resulted in years of schoolyard bullying. A year ago, Boyle finally saw a specialist, who made the Asperger’s diagnosis.
She says she’s happy to finally have clarity on her condition. The “I Dreamed a Dream” star told the UK Observer this week:
“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself. I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help,”"
She has sold 14 million records worldwide and recently released her fourth album, Home for Christmas.
“Asperger’s doesn’t define me. It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”