Susan Boyle’s Autobiography: The Woman I Was Born To Be
By now you have definitely heard about Susan Boyle because although more than a year ago she was laughed at as she first stepped on the scene of “Britain’s Got Talent” show, now she is a star.
Although some love her while others completely hate her, Susan Boyle has a great voice. Maybe she didn’t win the British talent competition, but she did sing in front of the Queen and also for the Pope, managing to impress everyone with her singing ability, not only the judges from “Britain’s Got Talent.” Well, if you ever watched the video of her first audition you will see that people are very judgmental and she was expected to be a horrible singer. Everyone laughed at her when she said that she wants to be as famous as Elaine Paige, but finally she managed to sing together with her idol. Not to mention how the three judges Amanda, Piers and Simon remained speechless when the 49 years old woman began to sing.
“As I listened to the opening notes of my song, I became aware of the size of the audience. There were thousands of people, row upon row banked up behind the judges – all watching me,” Susan wrote about that performance in her autobiography “The Woman I Was Born To Be,” being quoted by the Daily Mail. “I’d already heard a few titters in the audience but I’ve been ridiculed a lot in my life so I’ve learned to be resilient,” she continued. “I knew what they were thinking. ‘Just look at her! She’s got a bum like a garage, a head like a mop, I’m not too sure if her teeth are her own and she’s claiming to be a singer! She cannae sing. She cannae! Well come on, let’s hear you then. . .” But, she still made it to the final and had the next performance.
Well, at some point Amanda says that people tend to be very cynical and the way they treated Susan and they way she performed afterwards should be the biggest wake up call ever. Was it? Not really. Susan continued to receive the same unjust perception and she was actually denied by Lou Reeds to perform his song “Perfect Day” in September, when Susan was supposed to make an appearance on “America’s Got Talent.”
However, since the moment when she appeared for the first time in front of the “Britain’s Got Talent” judges till now, Susan has come a long way and not only because she sang in front of the UK Queen or the Pope, or because she got the chance to sing together with her idol, Elaine Page, but because her whole life changed due to her own talent.
Susan herself admitted that people tend to be very judgmental regarding her and that was a thing constant in her life starting with her childhood, and it didn’t stop now that she has became famous. In her autobiography, Susan Boyle says that her mother was asked by the doctors to have a termination while being pregnant with her because they believed having another baby will be fatal for, then, the 45 years old woman. Still, her mother never listened and Susan was born on April 1, 1961. “The doctors considered the danger so severe that they offered a termination but, as a devout Catholic, that would have been unthinkable for my mother,” Susan wrote in her book according to the Daily Mail excerpts.
The doctors also told Susan’s mother that the baby daughter had probably suffered a brain damage and “It’s probably best to accept that Susan will never be anything, Susan will never come to anything, so don’t expect too much of her,” doctors said as Susan was held in an incubator. This is how Susan got to be very unconfident and her lack of belief in herself followed her all her life. But, “What they didn’t know was that I’m a bit of a fighter, and I’ve been trying all my life to prove them wrong,” Susan wrote.
She experienced difficulties when in school because she wasn’t able to focus. “I found it difficult to write my letters. I also suffered from what psychologists call cognitive difficulties. I knew the answers to questions, but couldn’t express what I was thinking,” Susan said. But, she found the comfort she needed in music. “I was one of those chosen to sing a solo in the school concert.” However, she became a little more confident as the years passed, when she began working as a volunteer in a hospital. And that gave her the courage to sing in a pub. “Encouraged to sing, I walked to the microphone, conscious of a ripple of surprise going round the room. I closed my eyes and imagined I was on my own in my bedroom with my record of Jesus Christ Superstar,” Susan wrote.
“People were always telling me my singing would bring a tear to a glass eye. I wasn’t bad-looking in those days, with my shoulder-length curly hair kept under control with clips, but I wore conservative skirts and blouses, chosen by my mother.”
Susan Boyle was the youngest child of her parents and the ninth one. She lost her father in 1999. Although Susan tried to make it in the music industry she never got that break through. But then, The X Factor started and her mother told Susan to go to the show. “But when I saw all the young people there I realized it was a mistake. What they were looking for was a pop singer. I didn’t stand a chance of being seen so I went home,” Susan said. However, that was also the time when her mother got sick and in 2007 she passed away. Susan found herself alone and watching “Britain’s Got Talent.” Seeing Paul Potts winning gave her the courage to make the decision to head to Glasgow for the second edition of the show.
“Do you know what they do on Britain’s Got Talent? They laugh at you! They boo you! They buzz you! Can you take all that?,” her brothers told her on the way to the audition. But, this time Susan was determined to sing in front of the three judges and nothing could stop her. “‘My name is Susan Boyle,’ I told Simon Cowell. ‘I am 47 years old.’ And then I added: ‘And that’s just one side of me.’ And I did a wiggle, which was aimed at Piers, because I like him,” Susan wrote. “Piers just stared at me. I could see they were thinking: ‘Oh my God, who is this apparition?’” But once she started singing she really shocked everybody, but with her talent. “It was the most amazing moment of my life,” Susan concluded.
And starting with the next day her life changed completely and only because the number of people who accessed her video on YouTube. For the semifinals Susan chose “Memory from Cats” and she made the whole room, including the judges, stand up and applaud her. However, her popularity completely changed the next day when she became the “Public Enemy Number One,” being criticized by everybody, although she was loved by the public. Some actually said that it was all a show including her first performance because definitely someone heard her singing before. She wanted to quit, but she was encouraged by both Piers and Simon to end what she started. And she, did although she didn’t get the title. After the end of the show Susan started recording for Simon’s record label, Syco and her album got to be quite successful.
Susan Boyle’s autobiography is going to be published on October 14, day in which the book will be launched in the United Kingdom. She shocked the world in 2007 with her performance and she became over the night one of the most popular singers in the UK (and not only). At some point fame was more than she could handle but she managed to handle it after all. Her performances are described as very emotional and her status as a star is undeniable today. But, still there are many people that don’t like Susan Boyle. Are you one of them?11