The Life Of Susan Boyle Is Anything But Ordinary
From the day she was born, British singer Susan Boyle’s life was anything but ordinary. As a child, she was bullied and told she had a learning disability. As she grew up, she realized that wasn’t the case. In fact, she had a high IQ and a natural talent for singing that she was itching to hone. It seemed as though the world was against her, causing road blocks on her path to fame and success. But Boyle persisted in chasing her dreams, and the incredible achievements she has to her name is awe-inspiring. Here’s the story of Susan Boyle.
She Had A Rough Start At Life
Born in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, Susan Boyle was the youngest of five children. Her mother Bridget was 45 years old when she gave birth to her. Soon they noticed that there was something different about the way Boyle learned. Her family told her it was because she had been deprived of oxygen at birth.
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Much later she was told she had been misdiagnosed her entire life and actually has Asperger Syndrome instead. Boyle told the Telegraph, “I like to see myself as someone with a problem, but one I can solve. It is definitely getting better.”
So exactly how old was she when she was diagnosed?
Boyle Was 52 Years Old When She Found Out
Typically, symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome show up early in someone’s life, and today many people are diagnosed in the U.K. around the age of five. Boyle’s case was much different. The stigma of having “brain damage” and being bullied made for a tough childhood, on top of the untreated social anxieties she was already experiencing.
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Boyle told The Guardian,“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.”
Her IQ Is High, But She Still Struggles
Boyle is one of the people who are on the high-functioning spectrum of Asperger’s. Her IQ is above average but she struggles with understanding how other people are feeling, as well as communicating her own emotions. Her social anxieties attributed to Asperger’s can create misunderstandings and challenges in her relationships.
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The Guardian reported that Boyle suffers from mood swings, severe depression and emotional outbursts, which aren’t uncommon for someone on the Asperger’s spectrum. Learning of her diagnosis, and being able to identify the symptoms is a relief she says.
One emotional breakdown helped her end a feud with her brother.
Susan and Her Brother End Their Feud
The youngest of five siblings, Boyle and her older brother Gerry had disagreements, which led to fighting, and then not talking at all. The two had cut each other out of their lives after Susan rose to fame, and rumors about their family hit the tabloids.
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For two years, the siblings didn’t talk. That is, until early June 2016, when Susan reached out to her brother. She called him from Heathrow Airport, depressed, and having a meltdown. Gerry told Mirror,“I’d never heard her sound so down on the phone. I was really concerned. She didn’t sound like she was in a good place. We hadn’t spoken for two and a half years but when all is said and done I am her brother. I realized how sad it was that we didn’t speak– and that it shouldn’t be that way.”
Keep reading to find out what caused the feud in the first place.
She Lost Her Parents Before BGT
Boyle never officially told her parents that she wanted to become a singer for a living. Her father supported her singing but passed away in 1999. As her mother Bridget aged, Boyle stayed home as her caretaker. In 2007, Bridget passed away at the age of 91.
With nothing else to lose, Boyle garnered the courage to audition for Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She told The Guardian, “I felt a part of me had died with [my mother]…. I so wanted to make her proud, so I found the strength to apply for Britain’s Got Talent and I truly believe that she was the angel on my shoulder that day.”