- Title: FILE: Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome
- Date: 9th December 2013
- Summary: NARITA, JAPAN (FILE - DECEMBER 2009) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ***CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF BOYLE ARRIVING AT AIRPORT, WAVING AND CHATTING TO JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 24th December 2013 12:00
- Location: Japan, United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Entertainment,General,Health,People
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- Story Text: Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage.
Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect.
Boyle said she had been teased throughout her life for her unusual behaviour and was called "Susie Simple" by children in her hometown of Blackburn, Scotland.
She had kept secret for the past year that she was diagnosed with Asperger's, a mild form of autism marked by social awkwardness and narrow interests that can make relationships challenging.
"I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label," she told the newspaper. "Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
Boyle shot to international fame in 2009 after appearing on the variety TV show "Britain's Got Talent" and performing a flawless rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables." Her life story from unknown Scot to multimillion-selling recording artist has been made into a musical.
Boyle told the Observer she visited the specialist on her own because "I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn't function properly."
She said she was learning to manage her Asperger's and hoped the diagnosis would make people more empathetic.
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