Fans of former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle will know that the star has been dogged by crippling shyness, and has even cruelly been branded “a weirdo” after various reports about her allegedly ‘odd’ behaviour.
However, it’s been reported today that Susan has now been diagnosed as suffering from Asperger syndrome, which has apparently come as something of a relief to the quirky Scottish singer.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer, 52-year-old Susan has revealed that in her childhood, she was misdiagnosed as having brain damage following complications during her birth. But now, after years of consultations with specialists, she’s been told she has the condition, which is a “high-functioning for of autism.”
She explained, “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.”
She added, “I went to seek a diagnosis from a Scottish specialist, nobody told me to.
“I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn’t function properly.
“I was told my IQ was above average.”
However, Susan – who stars in festive flick The Christmas Candle – added, “I am not strong on my own…
“When I have the support of people around me I am fine. I have a great team.”
But Susan went on to say that she won’t let the new diagnosis define who she is as a person, even though it is good news that her issues have a ‘title’.
She said, “It will not make any difference to my life. It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through.
“I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”
Here’s a reminder of Susan in a recent interview…