Susan Boyle has come a long way since she first set foot on the “Britain’s Got Talent” stage. She’d endured teasing and taunting in her life, and she was met with the same kind of ridicule when she faced lights and the stage.
Notorious for his less-than-friendly comments, Simon took a look at her, heard her story and rolled his eyes — but as soon as people heard the beauty Boyle was capable of, their derision melted into awe.
Even Simon was appalled at his own behavior, according to The Sun. “When I saw me, I said, ‘I actually hate my guts right now,’” he admitted. “We were really sneery. That was the tipping point.”
And since then, Boyle’s become a household name. The past 10 years have been full of changes, successes and flops and some questionable behavior.
“The biggest change was really the instant fame, from being a wee unknown lady with a cat in Scotland to being recognized wherever I went,” she told People. “It took some getting used to.”
“I’ve been proposed to in Japan, met inspirational people along the way and gone on a date with a doctor I met in Florida,” she added.
Boyle is quite wealthy now, but she lives sensibly. The Scottish singer bought the Blackburn ex-council house for a modest fee and took up residence there after preferring it to a house she bought for four times as much money.
She hates to see loved ones in need, and has helped out, generously paying for big-ticket items and donating to worthy causes.
Her music has had its ups and downs, with her last tour ending in 2014, and her last charted single six years ago. Time for a refresher, perhaps — and just in time for “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”
This show will feature winners and almost-winners, faces and names we’ve cheered for in the past. Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel will all be judging, though Boyle has a soft spot for Simon, calling him the “best boss in the world.”
“Simon is the biggest inspiration in my career,” she said. “He’s been my boss for almost 10 years, and I strive to make him proud. He inspires me to continue and strive for perfection.”
“I want this comeback year to be the best and show everyone I’m still going. It’s so wonderful coming back to America to do ‘AGT: The Champions’ and the people are so warm and friendly.”
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