Susan Boyle suffered anxiety attack after end of Britain’s Got Talent, says brother
Susan Boyle was admitted to the Priory after suffering an anxiety attack about her future post-Britain’s Got Talent, according to her brother.
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor, The Telegraph
Gerry Boyle said his younger sister had been on a “tremendous rollercoaster” and was struggling to adjust to her new life.
The Britain’s Got Talent star, who lost out in Saturday night’s final to dance act Diversity, is being treated in the Priory clinic in north London.
She was taken there by ambulance on Sunday after production staff became concerned by her “strange behaviour”.
“I think her friends in America would call this an anxiety attack,” said Mr Boyle, 55, from his home in Musselburgh, East Lothian.
“She’s been on a tremendous rollercoaster. There’s been an enormous amount of media speculation and intense activity. She’s not used to that. She’s coming to terms with that now that she’s no longer an anonymous face.
“I think what led up to it was the build-up to the show and just psyching herself up for that and then wondering after the show, ‘Where do I go now?’
Mr Boyle said: “She’s at the Priory talking to people there about how she feels and where she goes from here. I spoke to her yesterday and then she telephoned me this morning as well. She sounds a lot better today.
“She was a wee bit anxious yesterday and a bit fatigued and a bit sort of, you know, ‘Where’s it all going and what happens now?’ But she sounded a bit happier, she sounded a bit more like herself, but certainly a bit more rested and she seems to be coming home.”
Piers Morgan, the Britain’s Got Talent judge who has been Boyle’s biggest supporter, said the “crazy” levels of worldwide attention had taken their toll.
“She wasn’t used to it, and just needs a break. She said she was exhausted, she said she was physically and mentally drained, she’d been sick a few times in the previous week, hadn’t been sleeping, hadn’t been eating – and had found the whole weight of the world’s media pressure crashing down on her shoulders.”
Neighbours in Boyle’s home town of Blackburn, West Lothian, who had decked her street in bunting and flags, said they were “devastated” by the news she had been taken into a clinic.
“I feel she deserved a little bit more support. What has happened to her is so sad,” said Michelle McCabe, 34.
“There are stars in America who have taken years and years to get that much press attention – it took Susan seven weeks, and it’s a lot to deal with for an ordinary person from Blackburn. I hope she makes a full recovery because she has an amazing career in front of her.”
Gary Barkhouse, 41, said: “Now that she is in the clinic, it’s devastating to the whole community. I think it is time for her to come home, take stock of what’s happened, and take it from there. That way she will have the support of everyone.”
Fellow neighbour Elaine Clark, 47, agreed: “This is a close-knit community, we all stick together, we all look after one another. Everyone looks out for Susan here. Now it’s just time for her to come home and get back to some normality.”