“X-Factor” favorite Susan Boyle revealed to The Observer on Sunday that she was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome last year after a lifetime battling an “unfair” diagnosis she received as a child.
The singer, who wowed audiences on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009 and went on to release the most popular album of the year with her debut compilation, said that she went to see a specialist in Scotland after feeling that her condition was more serious than originally diagnosed.
"I was told I had brain damage,” Boyle shared, of her childhood diagnosis. "Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
Asperger's "is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others," according to the Mayo Clinic.
Which proved a great challenge for Boyle, who became an overnight sensation after TV viewers and YouTube users watched her amazing audition on the popular talent show. Her debut album sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and she recently released her fifth studio album, which is a collection of Christmas songs.
Though Boyle has successfully launched a solo career, she admits that when it comes to her personal life, having a trusty support system is key.
"I am not strong on my own,” she said. “When I have the support of people around me I am fine.”