Singing star Susan Boyle has revealed she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, after years of believing she had suffered slight brain damage at birth.
The 'Britain’s Got Talent' contestant – who has gone on to have hits around the world – told of her relief at having a proper explanation for “emotional outbursts” and “acute anxiety” that have afflicted her throughout her life.
Boyle, 52, went on: “Doctors told my parents that I was starved of oxygen at birth and that this had caused me brain damage, leaving me with learning difficulties and a lower than average IQ.
“At school I was pushed aside as if I didn’t matter, while the brighter pupils got all the attention. I was mocked and bullied.
“As a result, I spent my whole life in a bubble, felt inferior to others and had problems forming proper relationships.
Asperger’s is a form of autism which typically means sufferers struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.
Boyle has had difficulty playing live dates in the past because of anxiety problems which she now believes are as a result of her recently diagnosed condition.
She told Hello! magazine: “Now that I know the correct reason why, I understand myself better and can move on. It feels as if an enormous weight has been lifted.”
“The message that I hope my revelation will give others is, if I can do it, so can you. No matter what your condition, you can do whatever you want.