Scottish singer Susan Boyle has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, reports news.com.au.
Boyle, a 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation, told Britain's The Observer newspaper she had been diagnosed a year ago and spoke of her relief after years of bullying for her learning difficulties.
'It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid,' she said.
'I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.' Boyle shot to fame on the TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
A devout Catholic and lifelong singleton who lived on welfare handouts, she became an overnight sensation after her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables went viral on the internet.
YouTube: Susan Boyle performs for the Pope