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Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s Syndrome

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

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Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

The singer, who shot to stardom following a memorable 2009 performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” says she saw a specialist a year ago and was informed that she has the autistic disorder, which affects her social interaction and communication skills.

Boyle tells The Observer that the diagnosis is a “relief.”

“Some articles have said I have brain damage,” she tells the outlet, adding, “I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me.”

The star explains, “Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”

Symptoms have posed problems for Boyle.

“I struggle with relationships,” she admits. “I never know if people are genuine. I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help.”

But Boyle won’t let her disorder stop her.

“Asperger’s doesn’t define me,” she tells the outlet. “It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”

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