Singer Susan Boyle Expresses Relief Over Asperger's Diagnosis

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British singer Susan Boyle has expressed her relief after having been diagnosed of Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. She is glad that there is already a right label for her condition.

Based on the definition of the National Autistic Society, Asperger’s is a condition that is somehow similar to autism. People with the condition don’t have much speaking problems and often have intelligence that ranks from average to above average. While they might have certain difficulties when it comes to learning, people with Asperger’s do not have the kind of disabilities often linked to autism.

According to CNN, the singer revealed to The Observer that she went to a specialist in Scotland to find out if she had a more serious condition than the diagnosis she had received when she was a child.

Boyle said she was told she had brain damage. She remarked, “I always knew it was an unfair label”.

“Now, I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself," she explained.

It Started During Childhood

The singer had learning problems at school because her brains were damaged from oxygen deprivation at birth. At school, it was not easy for her to become like everyone because kids were bullying her all the time. This was the reason that she suffered from depression.

In her interview that was first published in The Observer, Boyle said she consulted with a specialist based in Scotland who revealed to her that she ranks above average when it comes to her IQ. The doctor refuted her earlier diagnosis of brain damage and said she has Asperger’s. The singer disclosed that it was “a relief” to get the real diagnosis after all these years.

“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” she said, pointing out how her condition when she was still a child made her different compared to her peers.
In a report posted by Independent, Boyle said that this made her “more determined to be where I want to be”.

A Successful Person

Boyle became well-known after her infamous audition with “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009 when she sang, “I Dreamed a Dream”. During the audition, she did not only leave Simon Cowell and the other judges dumbfounded with her beautiful voice, but also fascinated a lot of people all over the globe. Since then, the albums she has sold have gone over 19 million.

The 58-year old Boyle recently released her fifth studio album, which is a collection of Christmas recordings. Her debut album, “I Dreamed, I Dream” has sold more than eight million copies. Aside from these, the singer also had a cameo role in festive film, A Christmas Candle. She is also set to be played by Oscar-winner actress Meryl Streep in a movie about her life.

Even with all her success, Boyle said that while she is fine when she has people around who support her, she is also strong on her own.

This report is from Explore Talent, the Internet’s largest resource of auditions and casting calls for actors, models, musicians, dancers, and production crew since its debut in 2003. It has a unique cast match technology, which is the most advanced entertainment-based technology of its kind that matches a talent’s attributes against tens of thousands of job postings every day. This technology sends casting email alerts and posts auditions and jobs directly on talents’ profiles saving members hours of tedious searching time. Explore Talent has over 7.9 million members and over 60,000 auditions, castings, and production jobs listed daily, which is 40 times more than any other site.

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