Since shooting to fame of Britain’s Got Talent more than a decade ago, Susan Boyle has become a household name around the world. But the 58-year-old has now admitted she still has regrets, the biggest of which being that she has not had any children.
Speaking to The Sun, the ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ singer revealed she is now planning to start a family of her own, confessing she would love to foster children and share her “lovely” home.
“When things quieten down a bit I would like to get into fostering,” she told the newspaper. “I’m 58 so I’ve got something to bring my family home to. I’ve a lovely house, why not share it?
“I’ve got a couple who think the world of me. I love kids. I’ve never had any of my own, that’s my biggest regret, but I love kids. They’re good fun to be with.
“I am happy. I am loving every minute, loving life and bring on the rest.”
Earlier this month the Scottish star appeared on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair program, where she opened up about finding fame after auditioning for BGT back in 2009.
Boyle recalled the judges and crowd not being friendly towards her during her first audition on the hit reality show but knew she captured the audience with the first few bars of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. She had unsuccessfully auditioned 12 times for various other talent shows before her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.
She told presenter Tracy Grimshaw that the pressure of the show almost became too much for her and she almost quit, but says it was advice from judge Piers Morgan that encouraged her to continue on, coming second overall.
“When you’ve got a lot of pressure and a lot of different things going at once, it is difficult,” she said. “But you say to yourself, ‘This is what you wanted to do. This is what you really put yourself in for.’ You set the bar higher and higher as you go on.”
She was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2012, something she described as a “relief” after believing she was living with a more serious health condition. It also explained why she found it more difficult to deal with pressure than others who have been on similar reality shows.
“Asperger’s, you just have to make people aware that sometimes you have to go at a certain pace, don’t be too bombarded with things,” she said. “At the very beginning I was very bombarded.”
Boyle also told Grimshaw she wasn’t ashamed of her diagnosis and didn’t think it was something she needed to keep secret. She also explained what it’s like when her condition is triggered.
“It feels like you’re in a bubble and you can’t talk really well,” she said. “If people give you a bit more time, I can eventually get my words out and I’m okay.”