Susan Boyle: Suffering for Her Fame
Fame and fortune haven’t made the singing sensation happy.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
Though Susan Boyle’s story is an inspiration to her fans around the world, the singer’s family says she’s still having a tough time coping with her newfound fame.
“The traveling and the whole [fame] thing is exhausting,” Susan’s brother Gerry told People magazine. “She still has her anxieties and her loneliness.”
“She needs 24-hour care,” her brother, John, added. “She needs to be looked after.”
Susan still lives in the family home she shared with her mother until her 2007 death, and since Susan was rocketed to stardom on Britain’s Got Talent, she’s had a few strangers get a little too close. After finding intruders on her property on multiple occasions, Susan’s management set up 24-hour security for her home. Yet Susan still gets anxious, and a little lonely.
“She knows she can come up to me anytime,” Susan’s friend Lorraine Campbell said. “If she’s upset, she’ll stay the night. Security would bring her up to my house. I take her home in the morning. Susan stayed with me a week ago. Nighttime is a lonely time for her.”
Despite her anxieties, Susan is incredibly grateful for her new career.
“Dreams have no expiry date,” she said during the Sanremo music festival in Italy earlier this month. “I’d like this to go on and on.” (People)