Susan Boyle, the 52-year-old Scottish singer who found fame and fortune after appearing on the variety TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, has revealed that she has Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism – according to a Reuters report posted via Yahoo! News on Sunday.
Boyle, while speaking with the Observer newspaper in an interview recently, said that a year ago she asked a Scottish specialist to help her investigate as to whether a childhood diagnosis of her having brain damage was correct. It turns out that that past diagnoses was incorrect.
Boyle said that she had been teased throughout her life for her unusual behavior and was even called “Susie Simple” when she was a child growing up in Blackburn, Scotland. She said that she was previously told that she had brain damage which she always knew was an unfair label. With her new medical information, she said that she now has a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and she feels relieved and a bit more relaxed about herself. Boyle knew of her diagnosis with Asperger’s for a year before coming forward.
According to the report, Asperger’s is a mild form of autism marked by social awkwardness and narrow interests that can make relationships challenging.