Susan Boyle Has Been Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome: ‘It’s a Relief’

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It’s been four years since Susan Boyle won over hearts all over the world during her impressive audition on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Today the 52-year-old is a top-selling artist, but the journey hasn’t been without its struggles. Boyle has faced plenty of critics who had mentioned that the star could possibly have a learning disability.

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In a brand new interview with UK’s The Guardian, the singer opens up about her surprising new diagnosis.

"Some articles have said I have brain damage," she told the paper. "It's been something else. I have Asperger's."

Asperger's Syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism, which mostly affects a person's social interaction and communication skills. The revelation, though daunting, has been positive for the seasoned singer.

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“It is,” she said, “a relief.”

Now that she’s been properly diagnosed, Boyle intends on continuing with her vocal career.

"Asperger's doesn't define me," she continued. "It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

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And fortunately, Boyle has a great team of friends and family to help her through the tough times.

"I am not strong on my own," she admitted. "When I have the support of people around me, I am fine."

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