Susan Boyle, Scottish singing phenomenon and winner of Britian’s Got Talent 2009, told the Observer newspaper that she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome last year.
Susan tells the Observer that she was unhappy with the diagnosis she received as a child; she was told that she had brain damage due to oxygen deprivation during birth.
“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 is characterized by poor social skills and narrowed interests. Susan tells reporters she hopes announcing this diagnosis will help the public understand more about who she is and the struggles that stem from this disorder.
“I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help,” she told the Observer. “Asperger’s doesn’t define me. It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through.”
Susan made headlines around the world in 2009, when she performed “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables” on Britian’s Got Talent. She won the heart of the public through her shy, humble demeanor and her powerful voice. To date the performer has sold 14 million records, and is set to make her big-screen debut in the holiday film “The Christmas Candle.”
“I am not strong on my own,” Susan says. “When I have the support of the people around me, I am fine.”
To read more about the symptoms of autism and Asperger’s syndrome, follow the link here: http://www.icare4autism.org/what-is-autism/diagnosis/