Susan Boyle, Scottish singer and 2009 “Britain’s Got Talent” sensation, revealed this week that she has Asperger’s syndrome, according to Sunday’s edition of The Observer, reports CNN on Monday, Dec. 9. Boyle, whose singing talents have surprised and delighted the world, was pleased to have the diagnosis.
"I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label," she said. "Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
Asperger's syndrome, reports CNN, is a developmental disorder and a mild form of autism, characterized by “poor social skills, physical clumsiness, and narrowly focused interests,” according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The syndrome, however, has recently been removed from the official list of developmental conditions, to be considered simply a form of autism.
Boyle, 52, became instantly famous when her rich and colorful voice first hit television and the Internet, back in 2009. She hopes that sharing her diagnosis with the world will cause people to understand her individual problems and give her more space with them. "I am not strong on my own. When I have the support of people around me I am fine," she said.
The singer has just released her fifth album. This one, just in time for the holiday season, is made up of Christmas selections. Her first album, with her signature song "I Dreamed a Dream," became the most popular album of 2009, selling more than 8 million copies.