Susan Boyle Gets Subtitles for Oprah Interview

Singer discusses reality show stardom with Oprah
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2009 9:42 AM CDT
A young boy watches Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle on You Tube on April 21, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle made her debut on Oprah yesterday, but American audiences were given subtitles to help understand her heavy Scottish accent, the Mail reports. Boyle, recorded at her home in Scotland, told Oprah she’s not lonely: “I’ve got millions of new friends now,” and downplayed her controversial makeover, insisting she did it "just to tidy myself up, like any other female would have done."

Boyle said she started singing to help overcome problems at school, resulting from a learning disability. "I was kind of a slow learner at school, so getting something like singing was a good way of hiding behind that and so boosting my confidence," she says. "I sang at karaokes, which most people do for fun. And I did sing at one or two occasions within the family." But she said her mother was her No. 1 supporter, and her death was a huge loss.