December 13, 2009
Hello Mrs Edwards.
The video (here) is a news report about this interview, which was her first since the end of the Britain’s Got Talent Tour and the making of her album. Ms Boyle talked with the UK Daily Record’s MARK JEFFRIES. Here are quotes from that interview, which was published November 17.
Ms Boyle talks about being bullied, getting disciplined with the belt, her learning “disability”, her mom’s death, her visit to the Priory (doesn’t remember much), her album (music is a release from emotional difficulties as a child) and is she looking for a boyfriend?
Not covered is her relationship with her family, how close they are, and whether she was “expected” as the youngest to care for her mother.
School, learning “disability”, being bullied, discipline:
There was discipline for the sake of discipline back then and you are looking at someone who would get the belt every day.
‘Will you shut up, Susan!’ Whack!
But the majority of my childhood was quite happy until I started getting bullied. There’s nothing worse than another person having power over you by bullying you and you not knowing how to get rid of that thing.
I was often left behind at school because of one thing or another. I’m just a wee bit slower at picking things up than other people. So you get left behind in a system that just wants to rush on.
I don’t think the resources were there for me back then at school. Teachers have more specialised training now.
I had a slight disability and instead of saying ‘right I have this disability’ and concentrating on it, I had to find my abilities and concentrate on that instead.
And this feels like a good way of making up for that.
Mother’s death in 2007:
After mum died, it didn’t fully register until maybe six months after when the loneliness set in and there was nobody except my cat. When you lose someone as powerful as your mum, you feel as if a part of you is taken away it does things to your confidence. My confidence was pretty down at that time. I told myself that, though she’s not here physically, mentally and spiritually she is. That’s what keeps you going.
I have my faith, which is the backbone of who I am.
I don’t really remember much about it after the final. I went there with extreme exhaustion. I hadn’t slept properly for about a week and I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was in there for three days and I’ve never felt so tired, but I look back on it now and it was a necessity.
The whole things has come together so well, beyond my wildest dreams.
The album itself is like a reflection on my whole life.
Och, there’s no time for that now! I’m far too busy! What a laugh.
I dream about security, I dream about one day finding the right person.
My advice to those who dare to dream is don’t give up.
If I can do it, anyone else can too.