Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who rocketed to stardom when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. After becoming an overnight sensation, Susan emerged at the end of the season in second place, but her career was fully a success. She has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and her debut album shattered sales records in the United Kingdom. She continues to tour, release albums and perform to world leaders.
Born in Blackburn, Scotland on April 1, 1961, her middle name is Magdalane. Her zodiac sign is Aries.
Susan is a practicing Roman Catholic, and has been a devout church-goer for all of her life.
“I’ve got a very close relationship with God. It’s almost like a second father, if you like,” she once said. (1)
And another time Susan said, “[The] Church is the backbone of my life and it always has been. It’s kind of a safety net. You like to feel you’ve got someone to talk to and I use God as a companion.” (2)
She was raised in an Irish Catholic household. “My parents were stalwart Catholics, and there was a kind of coded behaviour I had to keep to – that’s why I’m still single. Simply put, the right guy hasn’t come along yet.” (3)
She doesn’t talk much about her personal political beliefs. The one thing that she does offer her opinion on is her support of Scotland. (4)
“It’s a conscious decision to stay close to my roots as it’s part of one’s identity,” she said. “It keeps me grounded.”
Susan is the youngest child of Patrick and Bridget Boyle. She has four brothers and five sisters.
When Susan’s siblings moved out of their family home, she remained behind to take care of their mother. Susan’s father passed on in the 1990s. When Susan’s mother passed away in 2007, she was so devastated that she remained inside her home for four days after her mother’s death. (5)
In 2014 Susan began dating an American man around her age. This was her first boyfriend, and it happened at the age of 53 for Susan. (6)
She has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that complicated Susan’s life when she was younger more than today. People with Asperger’s are socially awkward, tend to present themselves as clumsy, and find it hard to socialize with people in everyday situations.
“It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.” (7)
2: The Express
3: Daily Nation
4: Scotland Now
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