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Susan Boyle’s learning disability and imaginary friend

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle’s admission to a mental hospital following her shock loss in Britain’s Got Talent has raised questions about her suitability to appear on the program.

It has been disclosed that Boyle suffered a range of mental health problems before appearing on the show, including a learning disability. The details of the leaning disability aren’t clear, but it’s believed that Boyle’s reported outbursts, and fragile mental state before and after the final was directly related to this issue.

Another report also claims that Boyle has an imaginary friend. Irene Carter, the mother of a member of the act Sugar Free, told local media: “Susan was acting very strangely all week. She is odd and is constantly talking to herself. One time, staff working on the show backstage asked if she was OK and she said she was talking to her friend. She then introduced everyone in the room to this ‘friend’ – who wasn’t actually there.” Boyle was also reported to have left long messages for her cat pebbles.

Any mental health issues Boyle had should not have prohibited her from appearing on the show, but likewise there are reasonable questions surrounding the exploitation of Boyle by show producers given her mental state. Even the healthiest people would have struggled with the attention Boyle received, that Boyle had serious issues before appearing makes where we are today not the least bit surprising.

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15 Responses to “Susan Boyle’s learning disability and imaginary friend”

  1. chinda63

    Her exploitation was ruthless and deliberate. The producers of this show should hang their heads in shame and their mealy-mouthed “best wishes” now are meaningless. She needs to go back home, rest up properly and then, when she's ready – and on her own terms – start singing professionally.

  2. chinda63

    Her exploitation was ruthless and deliberate. The producers of this show should hang their heads in shame and their mealy-mouthed “best wishes” now are meaningless. She needs to go back home, rest up properly and then, when she's ready – and on her own terms – start singing professionally.

  3. chinda63

    Her exploitation was ruthless and deliberate. The producers of this show should hang their heads in shame and their mealy-mouthed “best wishes” now are meaningless. She needs to go back home, rest up properly and then, when she's ready – and on her own terms – start singing professionally.

  4. Patty

    A learning disabilty simply means that a person learns in a different manner than what happens to be the “norm.” It has nothing to do with fragile mental health. Winston Churchill, Beetoven, Cher, Alexander Graham Bell and countless others have been recognized to have learning disabilities. As a teacher of very bright children who have learning disabilities, it upsets me to see learning differences being placed hand in hand with a fragile mental state. Some of thetall mentally strongest and most determined people I know have learnng disabilities.

  5. wish24601

    The most famous person with learning disability is Albert Einstein !

  6. Boyle admirer

    Give me a break people! Who cares if she has an imaginary friend, as long as it doesn't tell her to go kill herself or others lmao!! Lets stick to the real topic about her, how great and God given voice she has to offer the world. She is a kind humble woman who has kept silent too long, who the hell isn't going to have an imaginary friend being as lonely as she? I talk to my dog as if she understands- is that so different from her talking to an invisible friend? At least she doesn't need to feed it or clean it lmao! Why the media ALWAYS trying to get dirty laundry out in the open and tarnish good people? If I had God's power, I evaporate every dam reporter right now trying to report on her other then her singing. Lucky for you I'm not God's right hand!

  7. Boyle admirer

    Patty's 100% correct!!!! Having a learning disability which by the way I have one too and since little had teachers send notes to my parents that I don't pay attention in class but I did. I recently found out I hear things backwards first time I listen so I have to pay double the attention most do to fully understand what I hear. It doesn't mean I have mental issues unless you consider me dressing up my dog one and speaking to her like a baby lmao!!! Susan needs rest, ANYONE who became the headlines and star sensation as fast as her would have cried too for God knows how long. I remember won time I lost and received 2nd place too in an art contest and I cried all the way home because I did my best but it wasn't good enough. God bless Susan and I hope this Inquisitr and other medias trying to tarnish her image, I hope they all get paper cuts and have alcohol poured on it then get infected so badly they need amputation of that finger! How's that for mental?!!!!

  8. Guest

    This woman is mentally and emotionally unstable. What does it say about the world when Oprah, Obama and millions of people now idolize a fruitcake? Is this the best we can come up with as someone to put on a pedestal? Can you imagine if everyone put that energy into bettering the world, the environment, and so forth?

    On top of that, has the bar dropped for what is considered talent now? Just because she remembered lyrics and sang most of the notes in tune does not make her a “great” singer!

  9. Michele

    I would like to agree with and, also, “fine tune” this point a bit. It is true that learning disabilities and mental health problems are two different things. However as the mother of a very bright 13 year old son with high functioning Asperger's Syndrome I can tell you that when individuals with special needs are not properly supported they are much more vulnerable to psychological stress. Without professional support at school and at home my son would have developed significant mental health problems due to the stress of trying to fit into a world that moves too fast for him. With proper support he is a success at his school and in our community. He is developing into a nice young man.

    I have watched Susan Boyle's story with great interest. I have been concerned about the fact that she has recently lost her mother. From the few video clips I have seen it seems to me that Susan's mother was a very good source of support and containment for Susan. That loss is huge and has not gotten much attention in the discussion

    Susan should absolutely continue to share her singing gift with the world. But, the world needs to be mindful of her special needs which are becoming increasingly apparent. She is twice exceptional – meaning that she has both special needs and exceptional talents. We can learn a lot from Susan if we do not pressure her to conform to a “Cinderella story.” I hope this post is helpful.

  10. Ethel

    Anyone new to this whirlwind could have had trouble coping. Imaginary friend or humorous attempt to cope; what does it matter? The executives of the show have the obligation to take care of her needs which I believe they are doing so. Susan was asked if she thought the whole thing was worth it and she said “yes”. As for the cat, that is not unusual or silly at all. The car benefited from hearing her voice on the phone as Susan did talking to the cat. Jeez, lay off people. This wonderful human being gives you a gift for your ears and you should all be thanking her with not a harsh word!

  11. FriendOfBoyle

    You make it sound as though Ms. Boyle's learning disability has been a secret until your “revelation”. Not so: it was discussed very early on in her participation in the talent show. Shame on you for your sensationalism.

  12. oldlady

    A learning disability is not the same as mental health issues, though a learning disability can cause mental health issues. I raised two children with learning disabilities. I also tutored elementary and middle school children with learning disabilities. The problem is, if a teacher and other school personnel are not trained in learning disabilities, a child who learns differently and appears different to the other children can have a horrible experience in school which may greatly damage him/her. Our society does not treat people who are “different” well. To say that Susan Boyle should not have been allowed to perform because she has a learning disability is absurd. She should have a way to share her gift with the world. However, she will need people around her who will treat her kindly and gently and not exploit her and also shelter from the media which can be vicious. That combination may be hard to find. I pray that she CAN find it.