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Singer Susan Boyle’s offbeat career

As her extraordinary career continues, the Scottish sensation has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. She talks frankly about her personal struggles, sibling jealousy and duet with Elvis

By Catherine Deveney  /  The Observer

Has traveling the world given her a broader perspective?

“People who do that see how the jigsaw is put together,” she said. “If you were independent, you would be cutting away a bit of the jigsaw and there would be a big hole in it.”

She said that her most defining values come from God rather than politics — and we are not talking about Simon Cowell. She said Cowell has been important because he believes in her.

“I am a Roman Catholic and it’s the backbone of my life. It’s good to have that confidante. Believing in God makes you strong emotionally. You can take anything. Sometimes if you are feeling low, God gives you the ability to pull yourself together and get on with it,” she said.

It is perhaps significant that she has a special affinity with Bernadette of Lourdes, a simple young French girl to whom the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared.

“Bernadette was always the underdog, the person who got laughed at because people didn’t believe her. I got laughed at because people didn’t think I’d do well,” she said.

There is less laughter now. Susan Boyle is a multimillionaire and one of the most commercially successful female singers of her generation. She might have been isolated her in childhood, but success has given her a sense of belonging and purpose.

“I am here for a reason, and it must be to make people happy. I hope I can do that through my music,” she said.

Asperger’s syndrome may have caused communication difficulties, but there is no barrier and no boundary when Susan Boyle sings. It is, in effect, her way of talking.

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