December 9, 2013 12:10

Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's Syndrome

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

Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's Syndrome

Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Photos

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.

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