Cowell: I Goofed With Boyle
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2009 4:26 AM CDT
Simon Cowell said he overestimated Susan Boyle's ability to deal with sudden fame and disappointment.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Simon Cowell admitted that he overestimated the strength of startling songbird Susan Boyle during her trials in Britain's Got Talent. The fragile overnight-superstar has been emotionally overwhelmed, canceling another concert last week. "She seemed fine with all the attention. I thought perhaps naively that she was in control," Cowell wrote in the Daily Mail. But it quickly became apparent that "Susan was finding the experience difficult to cope with."

Cowell realized just how much Boyle was struggling when he spotted her face as she lost the final competition." Christ, she doesn't know how to deal with not winning,' " Cowell recalled thinking at the time. "It was a bad moment." Regardless of her continuing "ups and downs," audiences love Boyle, according to Cowell, who vowed to continue to support her.