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Susan Boyle, 59, first hit the big time when she came runner-up to dance troupe Diversity in Britain's Got Talent back in 2009, and despite being worth an estimated £22million, she has lived a very modest life ever since.
Susan found overnight fame and rocketed to success after her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream, and she was quickly thrown into the spotlight.
But where has SuBo been for the past ten years? Well, it seems the last decade has been a bumpy one for the singing sensation.
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The star went to see a Scottish specialist after becoming famous and it was revealed she has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Discussing the diagnosis, she told the Guardian: “I think people will treat me better because they will have a much great understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.”
Susan suffered a lot of loss in close proximity.
Before BGT, the singer lost her dad in 1999, then her sister Kathleen in the year 2000.
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In 2007, Susan lost her mum, who she had cared for, and then a few years later she lost another sister, Brigid ‘Birdie’ McCaw, to cancer.
Allowing herself to grieve, Susan took some time to herself.
She said of her sister: “She was honest and helped me throughout my life and during my career.
“She wasn’t afraid to tell me I was getting too big for my boots.”
She reconnected with her brother
It was reported Susan and brother Gerry had a huge row in December 2013, with family members claiming he wanted to kill himself unless SuBo gave him £50,000.
They finally buried the hatchet though, a couple of years later, as Susan went to his home after suffering a meltdown at Heathrow airport.
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Of the mended relationship, Gerry said: “Within five minutes, it was like we’d never been apart. It has been great to pick up the pieces.”
She met a man
Susan found love with an American doctor, who she descried as “the perfect gentleman.”
The pair stayed at the same hotel in 2014, and enjoyed a romantic dinner, but unfortunately things weren’t to last.
“It just wasn’t practical,” Susan explained.
She continued: “I don’t want to say any more about who he is right now as that would be unfair on him,” she said. “All I’ll say is we are around the same age and he was a very nice guy.”
OK! Onlinewere lucky enough to be welcomed into the I Dreamed A Dream singer's house – a former council property she now owns – and we got the low down on Susan's favourite items, how it helps keep her "grounded" and exactly how she's given it a much-needed makeover.
Susan explained that she grew up in the home which holds many cherished memories for her: "It’s to do with the memories of your house and your upbringing, you need to take stock of things and maybe see where you come from and where your roots lie.
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"It’s best to be grounded and with your roots. It keeps you grounded and prevents you from saying things maybe you shouldn’t say."
While she took the steps to replace her father's garage that was once crammed full of old cars with a summer house, her desire to remain as grounded as possible means she hasn't splashed out too much.
"I couldn’t do anything too extravagant or over the top because I have got my parents.
She chuckles: "My parents will probably come back and haunt me. It’s good to stay grounded. You get the glamorous side and then you’ve got the more natural side."
She learnt to play the piano
Already a musician, Susan decided to extend her talents to the piano, and she hired a local tutor in Blackburn.
She showed off her new skills in 2013 in a show in Leicester while performing “Who I Was Born to Be’.
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Her spokesman said: “Susan loves to surprise people. She had been determined to perform this song on the tour. The reaction from her fans has been incredible.”
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Susan decided to go on a health kick and got rid of sweets and chocolate from her every day.
She said: “I need to stop eating sweeties and cakes. It’s the bane of my life,” and by 2013, Susan had lost two stone.
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