In 2009, an unknown 47-year-old named Susan Boyle shocked the world with her breakout performance on Britain’s Got Talent.
Within a few short months, she had become a viral sensation, performed for President Obama, the Queen, and the Pope, and earned over $35 million.
Recently she seems to have completely disappeared. Here’s a look at the real reasons we don’t hear about Susan Boyle much anymore…
Boyle’s mother was 45 years old when she was born and she was the youngest of four brothers and five sisters. She was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during the birth, resulting in a learning disability. She was told in 2012-13 that she had been misdiagnosed and has Asperger syndrome with an IQ “above average”. Boyle says she was bullied as a child, and was nicknamed “Susie Simple” at school.
The Scottish singer was just a “plain Jane” when she came to international attention. Boyle had taken singing lessons from vocal coach Fred O’Neil and had attended Edinburgh Acting School. Prior to Britain’s Got Talent, her main experience had come from singing in her local Catholic church, Our Lady of Lourdes, in local choirs, and in karaoke performances at pubs in and around her village.
She had also auditioned several times for My Kind of People. She also participated in her parish church’s pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, Ireland, and sang there at the Marian Basilica.
She appeared as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent on April 11, 2009, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number-one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
Boyle’s debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream” (2009), became the UK’s best-selling debut album of all-time and set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album.
It also topped the Billboard 200 for six weeks, making it the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US.
Boyle went on to continue producing albums, making lots of money, yet still lives in her small family flat.
What a lady and what a success story!
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