1. I DREAMED A DREAM

    Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s

    In this Tuesday, March 27, 2012 file photo, Susan Boyle performs during her musical 'I Dreamed A Dream' at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, England. But what happened next for Susan Boyle? The middle-aged church volunteer from a small town in Scotland became an instant global celebrity in 2009 with her heart-stopping rendition of the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on a TV talent show. A week is a long time in showbiz _ and in our hyper-speed online age three and a half years is an eternity _ but Boyle is still going strong. She has sold millions of records, received an honorary doctorate, sung for Pope Benedict XVI and performed in Las Vegas. A stage musical about her life has played to enthusiastic crowds across Britain and is headed for Australia, and next month she releases her fourth album, "Standing Ovation." (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

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    Susan Boyle was diagnosed last year with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, she told Britain’s Observer on Sunday. “I have always know I have had an unfair label put upon me,” she said. Articles about her after her meteoritic rise on Britain’s Got Talent—and her lovely rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”—often referred to her as having “learning difficulties,” but she rejects that phrase, and she said the specialist discovered she has a higher-than-average IQ. “I am not strong on my own,” Boyle said. “When I have the support of people around me, I am fine.” She called the diagnosis a “relief.” “It’s a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself,” she said.

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