Susan Boyle tells of childhood beatings

Author: Press Association

The Scottish singer said she was hit with a belt every day by teachers and
taunted by classmates.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror in her first interview since finishing her debut
album, I Dreamed A Dream, Susan, 48, said: “You’re looking at someone who
would get the belt every day… ‘Will you shut up, Susan!’ – whack!”

She continued: “I was often left behind at school because of one thing or
another. I was a slow learner. 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, you know? That was what I felt was happening to me.”

She added: “There was discipline for the sake of discipline back then. But
it’s all very different now. I think teachers are taught to understand
children with learning disabilities a lot better.”

Referring to her experiences of being bullied at school, she said: “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.”

Susan also described how she used her faith to cope with the death of her
mother Bridget in 2007. She said: “After mum died it didn’t fully register
until maybe six months after. That’s when the loneliness set in and there
was nobody around except my cat Pebbles. When you lose someone as powerful
as your mum you feel as if a part of you is taken away and that does things
to your confidence.

“My confidence was pretty down at that time. A good way of levelling it out, I
found, was to tell myself that even though she’s not here physically, she is
here mentally and spiritually. That’s what keeps you going. I have my faith,
which is the backbone of who I am, really.”

The church worker from Blackburn, West Lothian, became an unlikely
international superstar after her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream wowed the
audience and judges on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year.

Shortly after being beaten in the final of the show by dance troupe Diversity,
Boyle was taken to the Priory Clinic in central London suffering from
exhaustion. But the singer, whose fans include actress Demi Moore and her
heroine, singer Elaine Page, has bounced back, with her new album, released
next week, already expected to be the most pre-ordered of all time – global
sales are thought to be in excess of 100,000.

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