It's been four years since Susan Boyle won over hearts all over the world during her impressive audition on Britain's Got Talent. Today the 52-year-old is a top-selling artist, but the journey hasn't been without its struggles. Boyle has faced plenty of critics who had mentioned that the star could possibly have a learning disability.
In a brand new interview with UK's The Guardian, the singer opens up about her surprising new diagnosis.
"Some articles have said I have brain damage," she told the paper. "It's been something else. I have Asperger's."
Asperger's Syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism, which mostly affects a person's social interaction and communication skills. The revelation, though daunting, has been positive for the seasoned singer.
"It is," she said, "a relief."
Now that she's been properly diagnosed, Boyle intends on continuing with her vocal career.
"Asperger's doesn't define me," she continued. "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."
And fortunately, Boyle has a great team of friends and family to help her through the tough times.
"I am not strong on my own," she admitted. "When I have the support of people around me, I am fine."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Susan Boyle Has Been Diagnosed With Asperger's Syndrome: "It's a Relief"