She recently returned to the stage that launched her career with an emotional rendition of I Dreamed A Dream on Britain’s Got Talent.
And despite 10 years of fame, Susan Boyle admits she still feels ‘judged and misunderstood’ by audiences because of her Asperger’s syndrome.
The Scottish singer, 58, opened up about her diagnosis and reveals she is often ‘overwhelmed’ and suffers from anxiety over ‘small things’.
Star: Susan Boyle reveals she still feels ‘judged and misunderstood’ by audiences because of her Asperger’s syndrome
Decade of fame: The Scottish singer, 58, opened up about her diagnosis and said she still feels ‘overwhelmed’ by ‘small things’
‘It gave me time to learn and understand and really for everything to fall into place as to why emotionally things were overwhelming and why small things, like people getting into my personal space, would cause me so much anxiety.
‘I think people who are aware of Asperger’s understand why I do things but to others who don’t I still feel I’m judged or misunderstood or spoken down to.’
It comes as Susan revealed that she dashed to her dressing room to have a quiet cry after making a successful return to the ITV show, a decade after her stunning debut.
Susan looked sensational in a sequinned dress and glittering jewellery as she returned after blowing the judges away with her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream in 2009.
Her jaw-dropping outfit was a far cry from the somewhat more dowdy figure she cut during her very first time on the show.
The star was welcomed back with open arms as she belted out the famous Les Misérables track that turned her into an overnight sensation.
Amid the Wild Horses hitmaker’s standing ovation, judge Simon Cowell made his way onto stage to comfort her.
Putting a comforting arm around her, he said: ‘Still got the magic, Susan, haven’t you.’ He added: ‘Thank you for coming back.’
Return to the stage: Susan looked sensational in a sequinned dress and glittering jewellery as she returned
However, the feeling of coming back to where it all began proved too much for Susan as she became emotional when the song ended.
Susan told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It was a very, very emotional thing for me to do.
‘I went back to my dressing room and shed a tear or two. I don’t want anyone to think I’m a wimp, but it was just such a special moment for me.
‘A lot has happened to me since the first time I got on the stage and despite everything I have done since, I was still so nervous.’
Susan, who finished as runner-up to dance group Diversity in the ITV show’s third season, has gone on to sell 20million records.
Her first album, released in 2009, became the UK’s best-selling debut at the time, beating Leona Lewis’s Spirit.
Heartfelt rendition: the feeling of coming back to where it all began proved too much for Susan as she became emotional when the song ended