25 June 2017 • 9:00am
Susan Boyle, the singer who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent, has been subjected to a campaign of insults and intimidation, it emerged today.
A gang of up to 15 youths have targeted the 56-year-old in her hometown of Blackburn, West Lothian. In one incident the gang, mainly boys, set light to paper and threw it at her.
A spokesman for the 56-year-old singer, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, told the Sunday Mirror they were planning to call in police to ensure her safety.
A witness to some of the attacks said: “We were inside the bus and they were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.
“Another time 10-15 of them were surrounding and throwing stuff. They lit a piece of paper and threw it at her face.
“Then I was going inside the Mill Centre, Susan was walking out and they were all standing at the entrance and they said to her ‘why don’t you get yourself a pair of glasses you ugly, old b****. It’s horrendous.”
Boyle, who found international fame after impressing talent show judges with her performance of I Dreamed a Dream, lives in the three-bedroom former council house which she grew up in.
She bought it soon after finishing second on BGT in 2009.
Asperger's is a form of autism which typically means people with the condition struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.
Boyle said in a 2014 interview: "It's a very difficult subject to talk about because you always feel that eyes are on you, and people view you as different.
"I like to see myself as someone with a problem, but one I can solve. It is definitely getting better. "