Susan Boyle found fame after an appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent” (2009) when she sang the popular song “I Dreamed a Dream.” Her fame put her in the spotlight in which many people noticed her behaviors as being socially awkward.
She alleged her social awkwardness was the result of brain damage at birth causing her peers to call her “Simple Susan” during her childhood.
But the story doesn’t end there!
At the age of 52, she told The Guardian, in an interview published Dec. 7, that her initial diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. Surprisingly, Boyle disclosed that she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome last year at the age of 51 but she kept this information from the public. Asperger’s is on the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) scale, although it is a milder form.
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder characterized by social awkwardness, poor communication and social skills. The disorder is not usually characterized by a ‘low intelligence’ but by poor social interactions and an unrelenting attention to specific interests.
Boyle stated she sought medical treatment when she realized she was having difficulty in functioning. The professional tests given to her confirmed her I.Q. was actually above average, contrary to the moniker “Simple Susan.”
Once she was given the Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis, she was emotionally relieved. She claims the diagnosis will not make a difference in her life and she hopes that other people will now have “greater empathy and understanding” to her medical condition.
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