Singer had previously believed she had brain damage following an incorrect medical diagnosis

Susan Boyle has announced that she was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, describing the news as being “a relief”.

The singer, who first rose to fame in 2009 as a contestant on , had previously been told she was born with minor brain damage. However, as she tells The Observer, she in fact has Asperger’s, a form of autism.

Speaking to the newspaper, Boyle says: “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. 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.”

“It will not make any difference to my life,” she added. “It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through. I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”

Earlier this year Boyle became the first British artist to ‘work’ with Elvis Presley since his death in 1977 when she collaborated with the late singer on a new version of ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’. The track appears on Boyle’s new Christmas album.