Susan Boyle talks bullying, long road to stardom

Deborah Wilbanks
More words from Susan.

The journey to becoming a celebrity is not particularly easy to some — but for Susan Boyle, it was almost intolerable at times. The Scottish singing sensation endured a difficult childhood and pretty of critics to become an international success, and is therefore trying to use her story in some ways to inspire others.

Writing in the newest part of her interview published on Facebook, Susan opened up in particular about a subject that has become a hot topic among many in the political world as of late — bullying at an early age:

“The majority of my childhood was quite happy until I started getting bullied at school. They used to knock me about a bit and try and make me cry. 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. For anybody that has that type of problem I’d tell them to see a teacher now but I didn’t do it. I didn’t think I could trust anybody and it made me a bit of a sitting target. By the time I got to secondary school I wasn’t sure who was my friend or my enemy. I didn’t make friends very easily, I did try and speak to people but they made fun of me. I often felt pushed aside.  “

Unfortunately for Susan, the difficult road didn’t end there. Throughout her time on “Britian’s Got Talent” she was forced to juggle both high expectations and mean comments from people about everything from her appearance to her age. Ten million-plus albums later, she is certainly proving these doubters wrong.

As for when you can see Susan perform next, she will be giving her first-ever TV performance of “Unchained Melody” on Tuesday night’s edition of “Dancing with the Stars.”

In your mind, do you think there is a more inspirational story out there in music than that of Susan’s?

Photo: Deborah Wilbanks

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