The world got to know the musical prowess of the Brit singer, Susan Boyle after she took the Britain’s Got Talent stage by storm in 2009. She not only blew away the judges, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden but also grabbed the attention of the world with the stunning rendition of I Dreamed a Dream. The then 47-year-old aspired to a professional singer became renowned as the “vocal powerhouse” and became a multi-millionaire within a year. Now, she is set to return to the Got Talent stage as one of the 50 contestants in AGT: The Champions, which is set to premiere on NBC on January 7, 2019. Unlike many stars, even after gaining wide recognition through BGT, she doesn’t seem to love being in the media eye. Here are some untold truths about Susan Boyle that you may not have known.
Susan Boyle is a global star now, but she had her share of low points before getting standing ovations from all the judges and cheering from the crowd. From losing her father in 1999 to sister Kathleen’s death in 2000 and elder sister Birdie’s death from cancer in 2015, she had struggled from some series losses. She couldn’t get over the grief especially after losing her mother in 2007. After her groundbreaking audition, she shared,
"I was also in danger of losing our family home because I wasn't working…. I truly believe that she was the angel on my shoulder that day.”
2. Sibling Feud
Boyle had a very public meltdown at Heathrow airport in 2016, when she left her brother, Gerry a distressing voicemail. At that time, she spoke of her joy after ending a 2-year-long feud with her brother. She said,
“I’m very happy, it’s a great relief and I’m looking to the future with a happy smile. Everything is hunky dory and fantastic.”
Their feud reportedly began in December 2013 when her family members claimed that Gerry asked Susan £50,000 threatening her to commit suicide. Later, Gerry also stated,
“I’d never heard her sound so down on the phone. I was really concerned. She didn’t sound like she was in a good place. We hadn’t spoken for two and a half years but when all is said and done I am her brother. I realized how sad it was that we didn’t speak and that it shouldn’t be that way."
The distress was ignited by some relatives, who just intended to tear the close-knitted Boyle family. Now, that everything is fine, they are happier than ever.
3. First Love at the 50s
It’s never too late for love, right? Susan got into her first romantic relationship at the age of 53 with an American doctor, who she addresses “the perfect gentleman.” Boyle met the man when both of them were stopped at the same hotel, where they enjoyed a romantic dinner together, during her US tour for her 6th album in 2014. At the time, she said in an interview,
“I don’t want to say any more about who he is right now as that would be unfair on him. All I’ll say is we are around the same age and he was a very nice guy. It’s very early days so we’ll see what happens. I hope he comes over. People with Asperger’s do put a barrier up because they don’t know how to trust people. I try not to. I want to let people in.”
She had been in a relationship back in her 20s, but her father ended that saying, Susan wasn’t mature enough for romance. There’s been no news of the advancement in their relationship, but one thing for sure is, she wants to get married.
4. Child Adoption
Growing up in a large yet close-knitted family alongside eight siblings, Susan wants to have a beautiful family of her own. She stated in an interview,
"I want to adopt a child who doesn't have much, who I can really give something to. I want to give a youngster what I didn't have. We'll have to see what social services say, but it would make me so happy.”
5. Humble Lifestyle
Despite having a huge net worth of $40 million, she lives a modest life in her family home in Scotland with her pet cat. In 2015, she expanded her property, but of course not in an extravagant celebrity way. She bought property next door to combine the two plots together, which she would call her dream home. The memories of her impoverished days persuade her to have a humble lifestyle. Also, she says that she has her loved ones around to spend the money she has earned.
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