Tough times for Subo: Susan Boyle cancels UAE gig, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome
Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has cancelled her Abu Dhabi concert, which was the first stop of her first solo tour and her debut in the UAE.
The grand show was set to take place at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on the 13th December 2013. But what was the reason behind the cancellation? Organizers released a statement on Monday stating:
“AUH Live and Susan Boyle’s Management sincerely regret to announce the cancellation of Susan Boyle’s show at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on the 13th December 2013, due to logistical production difficulties that prevent the show going ahead at this time.”
When Gulf News asked the organizers for further details on the logistical problems that have prevented the show from taking place, AUH CEO Craig McMahon told them that no further details will be released at this time.
But is it really 'logistical difficulties' that cancelled the show, or is it the fact that Subo was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome on Sunday?
Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger's and an above-average IQ.
Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.
"I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me," Boyle said in the interview, published Sunday.
"Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on TV contest "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009.
The contrast between her shy manner and soaring voice won Boyle legions of fans. She has sold more than 14 million records around the world and recently released her fourth album, "Home for Christmas." She makes her big-screen debut in holiday movie "The Christmas Candle."
Boyle has occasionally struggled with the pressures of fame, and was treated for nervous exhaustion soon after her stint on "Britain's Got Talent."
The singer said she was glad she, and others, would now have a better understanding of the struggles she experiences.
"I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help," she told the newspaper.
"Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."
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