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Singer Susan Boyle Diagnosed With Asperger's Syndrome

Singer Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism.

Boyle, who struggled with learning difficulties and was bullied in school, says she's relieved to have a name for her condition.

Boyle created a name for herself after her surprising rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' on 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2009.

Since then, she has been dealing with various issues including outbursts and exhaustion.

"Some articles have said I have brain damage," she tells The Guardian. "It's been something else. I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me."

"Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."

"I struggle with relationships," Boyle says. "I never know if people are genuine. I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help."

"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 much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

December 9, 2013 |

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