Susan Boyle was born in 1961 in Blackburn, Scotland. The singer has Asperger’s syndrome, which is a mild version of autism. Her father was a WWII veteran. Susan is the youngest in the family. She has 10 siblings.
Due to the Asperger’s syndrome, Susan had trouble studying at school. She had a tough time catching up to her classmates. Coupled with her awkwardness, it led to bullying. The girl tried hard not to pay any attention to the jokes and devoted all of her free time to the music. When she was 12, Boyle started singing in the church choir.
After finishing high school, the young woman began working in the school kitchen. Then she became a social worker and helped the elderly. While trying to earn money, Susan continued spending time on her singing hobby. In 1984, she attended a singing contest in Motherwell and performed “The Way We Were”.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Susan’s dad died. Her brothers and sisters moved away from their hometown. Boyle stayed to take care of her elderly mother. She continued developing her vocal skills and attended Edinburgh Acting School.