Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent audition went viral on YouTube during the third series of the ITV talent show. Stepping onto the stage in a gold dress and shoes, the unassuming Scot blew the judges away with a stunning rendition of I Dreamed a Dream, instantly earning herself a place in the BGT history books. She went on to reach the final but, despite being the hot favourite throughout, lost out on the win to dance troupe Diversity.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Boyle opened up on her incredible career, from her first audition to the immense fame which followed.
Tragedy struck the singer’s family in 2015 when her beloved sister Brigid McCaw, whom she called Bridie, died after a battle with cancer.
Boyle subsequently said she needed to take a step back from her career in the limelight following her sister’s death.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, she explained the couple of years away from music she had after losing Bridie.
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Susan Boyle: Britain's Got Talent star opened up about her break from the limelight (Image: GETTY • ITV)
Susan Boyle: Britain's Got Talent star took a couple of years away from the spotlight (Image: GETTY)
“I had family troubles,” she said. “I had to take myself away from things and just take stock.
“That’s what you have to do. You tend to take some time out to take stock of things.”
Asked if stepping away from the spotlight was a coping mechanism, she replied: “It’s an important coping mechanism.
“If you take yourself away from the thing for a wee while, you think things out.”
Susan Boyle: Britain's Got Talent legend is back with a new tour in March (Image: GETTY)
Boyle also spoke out on what the experience was like making her comeback, saying: “It felt a bit surreal going back into it.
“But once I got