Susan Boyle entertains the crowds in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's historic Mass. The Pope is on a four-day state visit to the UK, the first visit to the island since pope John Paul II visited in 1982. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »Susan Boyle (Pacific Coast News)Susan Boyle
admits she was tormented throughout her childhood by other pupils at school because she was “different," but she found peace through music.
She said: “My singing silenced the bullies, but better than that it silenced the demons inside of me. When you’ve been jeered at, told to shut up, sit still, stop being silly, there’s noise constantly rolling around your head. When I was singing it was peaceful. It gave me a new identity. Instead of being ‘That Susan Boyle -- do you remember she was a bit odd at school?’ I became Susan Boyle -- did you know she can really sing?’ ”
Susan says the worst incident was when one of the most spiteful bullies stubbed out a lit cigarette on her, leaving her completely traumatized.
In her new book The Woman I Was Born to Be
, she recalled: “One afternoon a gang of girls and boys started chasing me. I set off, trying to get a head start, running as fast as I could … but they caught up with me. They grabbed my bag and swung me round so I toppled down a bank towards a stream, landing on my face in a patch of nettles. The ringleader stepped forward, took a cigarette from her lips and stubbed it through the back of my blazer. The perfect round hole seemed to sum it up, all I was good for was stubbing out a cigarette. I was of no use to anyone.”
The 49-year-old singer still occasionally has moments of doubt about herself, which she believes is a result of her unhappy childhood, but she's happy with her achievements.
She said: “I still have my moments of doubt, doesn’t everybody? If my story means anything, it is that people are very often too quick to judge a person by the way they look or the quirks of their behavior.”
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