Susan Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Boyle feels relieved of the diagnosis after she saw a specialist last year and also got to know that she has an above-average IQ apart from having the Asperger’s syndrome.
Boyle had been facing learning difficulties ever since she was a child and was bullied at school by other kids. The condition was a result of brain damage that she sustained due to oxygen deprivation at birth. “I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Boyle said in the interview given to the Observer. “Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
The Scottish singer and church volunteer shot to fame after singing the Les Miserables song, “I dream a dream”, in 2009 at the “Britain’s Got Talent” and since then had released four albums and sold over 14 million copies. Boyle’s fourth album Home for Christmas was released recently and she is going to make her acting debut with the holiday film titled, The Christmas Candle.
Fame hasn’t been easy for Boyle creating problems at times for her; she also had to undergo treatment for nervous exhaustion after her famous Britain’s Got Talent performance.
“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,” said Boyle during the interview.
“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.”