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Susan Boyle Shares Asperger’s Struggles

    April 6, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Susan Boyle claims that being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome was one of the best things to ever happen to her. While most people would not be happy to be diagnosed with a disorder, Boyle said that finally having a diagnosis and reason for her problems has allowed her to deal with and overcome them.

Boyle has suffered from the disorder all her life but was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in December of last year. She has refused to let her diagnosis overshadow her talents or her personality and shortly after being diagnosed she said,

“Asperger’s doesn’t define me. It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”

Boyle has become an inspiration to many people, especially those who have also been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. She has decided to share her struggles with Asperger’s and how it sometimes interferes with her performances, in a behind-the-scenes film titled Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle.

The film follows Boyle as she completes her recent tour and goes behind the scenes before and after her performances. Viewers can watch as Boyle shares some of her most personal struggles and overcomes them to live her dream as a singer. The film will air on Wednesday, April 9th at 10 p.m. EST on the Ovation channel.

“We are pleased to give our audience such a deep, personal glimpse into the private life of Susan Boyle,” said Scott Woodward, SVP, Programming and Production, Ovation. “Her struggles and triumphs are an inspiration to all. For anyone who’s ever been afraid to follow their dreams, this is a must-see special about battling through the obstacles to artistic success.”

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  • srd

    It took this long to get it diagnosed, with all of Simon Cowell’s money behind her? SHAME! I knew it the minute she walked onto the BGT stage. Granted, I’ve worked with the ASD population for over 30 years, but it shouldn’t have taken so long given how many fans she has and given that a percentage of them work with Asperger’s persons or have family members who have been diagnosed…
    Susan you keep going!!! If this is a true account I am very happy for you that you are finding some comfort in the understanding a diagnosis can give you. NOW you get it use it to continue to be yourself and rise to your full potential, bringing us all that stunning voice of yours!!!!

  • itsjustme

    i ADORE her!! she’s a sweet – talented – brave and lovely woman – i believe there isn’t anything she can’t overcome!! all my best to you Susan Boyle!! 😀

  • tiabear

    Susan Boyle is just way too kewl

  • jaj

    Why are they calling it a disease ? You would think they’d at least know what they are writing about !!!

    • Chrissie

      jaj, that was the exact response I had.

  • wendymaddy

    i do not think she behaves like an asperger’s person at all. she is very cute, pert, funny and reactive, has a lot of personality on stage. asperger’s couldn’t do that. she may be just a bit shy sometimes or self conscious. though i haven’t detected it yet! She’s adorable, a great singer, just great, and i hope to see her many times on television shows and in concert around the globe! and more albums too, please, that she selects the material for. She is a real genuine STAR! and a lovely human being, so sweet and kind and always with a smile and personality. I liked her right away the moment she stood up before she even opened her mouth. I loved the look of utter surprise on Simon Cowell’s face when she did start singing! So there, Beautiful People so full of themselves and their shallow gym workouts! Well, I hope that she becomes the beautiful girl she was always meant to be, does diet a bit to get back to her girlhood figure, finds just the right guy for her, and settles down nicely with someone peachy keen on her.

    • janicaj

      Plenty of people with Asperger’s are good ‘actors’…..Like Eleanor Rigby, I’ve got plenty of faces, that I select from the jar by the door!

  • loujen31

    Susan, I cannot identify, with Asperger’s thing. I wish you well, in your fight to defeat, this terrible abnormality. But, I do know very well, how it feels, to have an incredible gift of voice, and not be able to share it, with the world for so long a time. I am so proud of you, that you finally, did present your gift to the world. I won’t ever get that chance. But, I am so thankful, to the powers that be, that you did get the chance, and you took it! Lots of love, Jenny loujen1776a@att.net

    • Sally Purser

      “Terrible abnormality” ??????????? No, it’s a developmental difference of the brain, just like being left-handed, just it is centred around social interaction and communication, which is why it is more noticeable in society and causes more problems for those with the condition. In fact, the only problem people with Asperger’s Syndrome have is that the majority of the population are rigid in their thinking of how people should act, react and think! Read up on it, enlighten yourself, and stop adding to the numbers of ignorant people who don’t even try to understand that every human being is a complete individual…. That is a GOOD thing by the way, in
      case you are still not sure! And if Susan Boyle can share her incredible gift
      of voice with the world, I’m darn sure there is no reason why you can’t too. She didn’t take a chance, she made one. Go for it, make your chance like she did.

      • MenotYou

        I have to agree. There is nothing terrible about having Asperger’s.

    • Pet_Photog_909

      Fight what abnormality? Aspergers a neurological condition no different from being right or left handed.

  • Pet_Photog_909

    Aspergers is not a disease. A condition yes, but it’s not a death sentence or something that can be cured. I so wish people would stop saying things like that. I wish Susan Boyle well! After a lifetime of being misunderstood, she deserves to be successful.