Susan Boyle has been in the public eye since her unexpectedly glorious debut on Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
The Scottish singer, now 52, just had a long, candid interview with The Observer in the U.K., and she admitted she knew people were laughing at her before she sang that fateful night. "I am flame-resistant when it comes to laughter," she said. "You think: I'll show them."
Some articles about Susan have referenced "slowness” or “brain damage,” but she told The Observer that’s not the case. "I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me.” Last year, she went to a specialist who noted that her IQ is above average, but she does have a developmental disorder that affects her ability to socialize and communicate with others. "I have Asperger's," said, adding of the diagnosis, "It is a relief."
Now she has a framework to better understand herself, although she noted, "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 greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."
Asperger’s is often referred to as a higher-functioning form of autism. The social difficulties that come with it are paired with the natural feelings anyone would have if they became famous overnight.
"I struggle with relationships," Susan said. "I never know if people are genuine. 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."
So be nice to Susan, she’s a good egg. Read a lot more about her journey in the full interview. You keep showing ‘em, girl!
Source: The Observer