Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle Premieres
Ovation has announced that they will be airing the U.S. television premiere of Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle Wednesday, April 9th at 10 p.m. EST. The network sent over these details about the special:
This all-access, intimate and inspiring documentary travels with Boyle as she embarks upon her first tour and uncovers her battles with Asperger’s Syndrome.
In 2009, an unknown Scottish singer named Susan Boyle stunned audiences when she performed “I Dreamed a Dream” on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent. Soon after, she released an album that debuted at number one and became a worldwide bestseller. A true phenomenon with the voice of an angel, Boyle captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. Despite her fame, Boyle privately battled anxiety and avoided requests for live concert tours. Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle goes behind the scenes to reveal the enigma that is Susan Boyle.
Last year, with the support of her team and requests from fans, Boyle decided to embark on her first-ever series of live solo concerts. This film follows the singer on a journey through the stress of rehearsal to the opening night in Scotland and on to a sold-out American concert in front of 20,000 fans. If all goes well, a world tour will follow.
“We are pleased to give our audience such a deep, personal glimpse into the private life of Susan Boyle,” said Scott Woodward, SVP, Programming and Production, Ovation. “Her struggles and triumphs are an inspiration to all. For anyone who’s ever been afraid to follow their dreams, this is a must-see special about battling through the obstacles to artistic success.”
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Susan Boyle: Asperger’s Diagnosis Changed Her Life | By Pam Wright
Back in December when Susan Boyle revealed that she had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she never realized how her life would change.
Throughout most of her life, the 52-year-old Scottish singer — who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 — was considered “brain damaged” by doctors, was called “Susie Simple” as a child and was bullied for her “different” behavior.
“It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid,” she said in an interview with the Observer. “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 said her struggles played a part in her determination to succeed but says some scars linger.
“You don’t fight without some resentment,” she said.
Boyle sought a specialist last year because she could no longer function with the unnamed affliction that left her depressed and moody.
“I went to seek a diagnosis from a Scottish specialist,” she says. “Nobody told me to. I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn’t function properly.”
Initially Boyle was very nervous about seeing the doctor and it caused her much stress. But the results were a blessing to her and she learned that she wasn’t the simple-minded girl her childhood friends teased her about.
“I was told my IQ was above average,” she said.
The singer has since learned the best thing she can do for herself is to rely on those around her who will support and help her.
“I am not strong on my own,” she admits. “When I have the support of people around me I am fine. I have a great team.”
She doesn’t believe the new Asperger’s diagnosis will interfere with her life. Indeed, she feels it may make it much better.
“It will not make any difference to my life. It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through,” she said. “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.”