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Susan Boyle says Asperger’s Diagnosis Doesn’t Define Her

Susan Boyle continues to defy the critics by releasing music that millions buy. A million albums a month for the past 14 months shows the sort of longevity that many in the music industry didn’t think she had in her. She’s also the first female British artist to have simultaneous number ones in the US and UK and she’s diversifying into acting with a small role in The Christmas Candle.

She’s a mix of the ordinary and extraordinary. She’s down to earth and humble even though her voice has been gripping the nation since her 2009 appearance on Britain’s Got Talent. She’s spirited and strong minded, strengths that took her past the inevitable laughter that greeted her before she blew the nation away on BGT.

Her latest battle is also against perception as she explained in a recent interview with The Guardian. “I have Asperger’s,” she said. The high-functioning version of Autism normally affects people’s ability to interact socially. For Boyle, the news from a Scottish specialist actually came as “a relief.” Her latest battle isn’t against Asperger’s but against people’s lack of understanding. “Some articles have said I have brain damage,” she said in the interview. “I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me.”

For Boyle fame has brought “acceptance” and she’s quick to make sure that the public’s appreciation of her isn’t altered by her condition. “Asperger's doesn't define me. 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.”

Regardless of her condition things are looking up for Boyle who’s just released her album Home for Christmas and a duet with Elvis Presley of Oh Come All Ye Faithful. ITV are also continuing to support her career, showing the documentary There's Something About Susan on 12th December at 9am.

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