Susan Boyle has spent nearly 10 years in the entertainment industry thinks it is all like a dream come true. “I think the biggest surprise is that I’m still going after 10 years,” Boyle, 58, tells PEOPLE. “Fame is such a bizarre concept and has never been my motivator. I just want to sing for people and give them joy, happiness, suspend reality for a brief time and entertain,” she admits.
“Because [fame] happened so quickly, you worry that it will disappear as quickly as it all began. For the first few years that was a constant worry I had, that this dream, this amazing journey that I was on and I worried it would disappear overnight,” Boyle recalls. “You hear the cliché ‘five minutes of fame’ and I kept thinking to myself, well my five minutes must surely be up, but 10 years on and I’m still going, which is probably as much a shock to me as everyone else.”
She captured the hearts of the audience with I dreamed a dream which she sang in Britain’s Got Talent. Now she is celebrating her 10-year anniversary. She is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome which she confirmed in 2013. She also describes how her health has affected her career.
“I knew of the diagnosis for a year before I decided to go public. It gave me time to learn and understand and really for everything to fall into place as to why emotionally things were overwhelming and why small things, like people getting into my personal space, would cause me so much anxiety,” Boyle says
“It’s not crippling — it was an adjustment but also a relief. Being born in 1961, we didn’t have the medical advances we do now, so my parents were told I was brain-damaged at birth,” she shares.