Susan Boyle Reveals She Has Asperger’s

The British singer says the diagnosis was a relief

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Locals gather at a community center in Blackburn, Scotland, to watch Susan Boyle on TV during the final of Britain's Got Talent on May 30, 2009

British singer Susan Boyle said her diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, was a relief.

The 52-year-old, who rose to fame for her rendition of Les Misérables’s “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent, told the Observer newspaper that she found out a year ago that she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ, the Associated Press reports.

“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Boyle said. “Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”

Boyle, who struggled in school as a child, was treated for nervous exhaustion after her famous performance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She said she was happy to have a better understanding of the hurdles she faces.