Susan Boyle has revealed that she is now better able to deal with both her celebrity and her mental health, 10 years on from being discovered on Britain’s Got Talent.
Boyle, who wowed Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden on the ITV talent show in 2009, struggled with her notoriety, as she was catapulted from her home Blackburn, West Lothian, where she still lives, to stardom.
She told The Sun: “I’m managing things a lot better now. It was a slow process. Everything is with me.
“But I’m coping inside a lot better now and I’m ready — more than ready — for what’s coming.”
After appearing on the show, the 57-year-old singer was diagnosed with Asberger’s in 2013.
“It can be difficult to talk about mental health issues, as there is a kind of fear about that,” she added.
“Years ago there used to be a stigma about it but now there is more knowledge, more expertise, and talking about things makes it a lot easier. A lot easier.
“I can cope with the pressure now. I know how to control myself better.
“I don’t get so worked up about things. I got a lot of help and I’m managing a lot more effectively.”
She also revealed that while she’s now worth more than £20 million, after releasing seven albums, she still lives in her parent’s council house, despite having bought a five bedroom house in her home town.
“I’m still in my parents’ house, my niece has got the plush house. I quite like it that way, it’s good,” she added.
“It’s good to be in your mum’s house as well, there’s a lot of nice memories in my mum’s. I sort of feel she’s present here, somehow.”
Boyle recently appeared on US series America’s Got Talent: The Champions, where she was given the ‘golden buzzer’ by judge Mel B, meaning she will appear in the show’s final on February 18.