Susan Boyle 'Has Not Seen a Penny': Bro
But she's planning to buy a $1M home when royalties roll in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 8:44 AM CST
British Singer Susan Boyle gestures as she holds her new album outside her home in Blackburn, Scotland, Tuesday Dec. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan)
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(Newser) – Despite her 4 weeks at the top of the charts and her massive popularity, Susan Boyle is still living on a $285 weekly allowance, her brother says. “At present she has not seen a penny of her fortune,” Gerry Boyle tells Irish Central. No word on when she'll start to see the payoff on what may be the No. 1 selling album of 2009, but she “knows it will soon be coming her way,” he says, adding, “as for luxuries such as jewelry and flat-screen TVs, there are none.”

That could be a good thing, for now—Boyle found two intruders in her garden over Christmas, Gerry says, and has since installed an alarm. “People will think because she is about to become very rich she'll have all kinds of valuables scattered around the house,” he says. “But the truth is there is nothing in there worth stealing.” Gerry goes on to speculate that Boyle will have to move soon. "She now has to realize that living in this small house is no longer suitable and more importantly not safe for her." She's got her eye on a couple of places near her current home in the $1 million to $1.5 million range, he says.