What Is Susan Boyle Doing Now?

Updated on November 29, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

"Susan Boyle singing at the Edinburgh Festival Theater, July 12, 2013"
"Susan Boyle singing at the Edinburgh Festival Theater, July 12, 2013" | Source

What Happened to Susan Boyle?

Susan Boyle was attacked by a group of teens, as reported by this writer with Blasting News. The attack is said to be only one in a long line of incidents of harassment that are reported to include stone throwing and insults. The singer is said to be mulling over asking police for help.

Boyle rose to stardom in 2009 when she auditioned before Simon Cowell and the judges on Britain's Got Talent, literally astounding all those gathered, and most who have witnessed footage of the moment since.

Today, The Sun reports that Boyle has a net worth near £26 million and lives in Blackburn, Scotland, in a four-bedroom "ex-council" home. Following her 2009 debut, I Dreamed a Dream, Boyle released six more albums, including The Gift, in 2010; Someone to Watch Over Me, in 2011; Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, in 2012; Home for Christmas, in 2013; Hope, in 2014; and A Wonderful World, in 2016.

The Sun described A Wonderful World as Boyle's "lowest charting album to date," and noted that the last single to chart from the 56-year-old singer was "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," the Christmas carol, in 2013. The rendition was produced as a duet, using archives of Elvis Presley's voice.

Susan Boyle, Elvis Presley duet

Scottish treasure diagnosed with autism

Some observers have noted that Boyle seems to have fallen of the map; in 2013, The Guardian suggested that the singer had "carried the label 'brain damaged.'" In the same article, it was revealed the Susan Boyle had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that has now been folded into the more broad diagnosis, autism spectrum disorder.

"I was told I had brain damage," Boyle said of a difference she perceived. "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."

The diagnosis of brain damage came about with complications that occurred after Boyle was born in 1961. Asperger's Syndrome was not commonly recognized as a diagnosis until 1993, when it was added to the 10th International Classification of Diseases, and further, in 1994, when it was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as reported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Stories similar to Boyle's are not uncommon among adults with autism, particularly those born much before the early 1990s.

"It will not make any difference to my life. It's just a condition that I have to live with and work through," Boyle told The Guardian. "I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

Susan Boyle to perform at Glamis Prom 2017

Though she doesn't appear to have performed since 2014, Susan Boyle has recently tweeted that she will be performing at Glamis Prom 2017 on July 15, in Angus, Scotland, along with Christina Bianco, Lee Mead, and Soul Nation.

Reports speculated that Boyle was concerned that Simon Cowell would not renew her record contract in November 2016, after producing her worst-performing album to date. If she was, it was unnecessary, as Cowell was reported to have given Susan Boyle a new, multi-album deal. At the time, The Sun wrote "the singer also revealed her fears she may never sing again, not on stage anyway, due to her crippling Asperger’s Syndrome."

With the Glamis Prom announcement, it appears that Ms. Boyle has likely had a change of heart, likely to the delight of her throngs of fans. The Glamis Prom is held in the gardens of Glamis Castle, where Boyle will perform, along with the The Scottish Pops Orchestra, who are scheduled to be conducted by Simon Beck.

2009 'Britain's Got Talent' audition

Simon Cowell, who just renewed Ms. Boyle's record contract, first discovered her singing prowess at an audition for Britain's Got Talent on April 11, 2009. There were laughs, whistles, and eye-rolls from the judges and audience when Susan first appeared on stage. Memorably, Simon Cowell rolled his eyes when Boyle informed him that she was 47, and suggestively gyrated her hips, in a manner reminiscent of Elvis Presley.

"Who would you like to be as successful as?" Simon Cowell asked Susan Boyle.

"Elaine Page," the Scot answered to muffled laughs from the audience.

Cowell then invited Boyle to sing "I Dreamed a Dream." From her first notes, the audience broke into wild applause, and quickly stood on their feet. One version of the video on YouTube has 209 million views. Susan Boyle's 2009 performance, and the reaction of the world, exemplifies what it means for a video to go viral.

After her house-raising audition, Simon Cowell said to her, "Susan, I knew the minute you walked out on that stage that we were going to hear something extraordinary, and I was right," as the other judges pointed accusingly at him, the audience laughed, and Boyle scolded her now boss, "Shame!"

Susan Boyle in 2009.
Susan Boyle in 2009. | Source

© 2017 Stephen Sinclair


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    Rosemary slack 

    2 years ago

    I think people are very cruel and the teens should be changed for throwing insults and for throwing stones .

    I hope we will her sing again and I wish her all the best and try and have a good life God bless you


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