Susan Boyle recently got a diagnosis that may have worried others, but gave her a sense of relief.
The “Britain’s Got Talent” singer says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism — and is glad at finally having the right label for her condition.
Boyle tells the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ. She always knew she was different as she had learning difficulties as a child, but she was told that was the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.
“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Boyle says. “Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
So how does knowing her diagnosis help her in life? “I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help,” Boyle says. “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.