Susan Boyle Makes TV Return After Secret Health Battle

Susan Boyle has returned to TV after going through a secret health battle.
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Susan Boyle has returned to TV after going through a secret health battle.

Beloved Scottish singer Boyle, 62, made her surprise return to the Britain’s Got Talent stage during the show’s final last weekend.

The BGT runner-up shot to fame on the show in 2009, with her ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ audition becoming one of the biggest viral moments of the 2000s.

Comedian Viggo Venn emerged as the winner of this year’s competition – but Boyle’s return to screens was perhaps the biggest talking point.

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Boyle joined the cast of Les Misérables for a performance after which she revealed she had experienced a secret health battle.

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Did Susan Boyle have a stroke?

Boyle revealed during her appearance on the BGT stage after 14 years that it was an emotional journey, as she was recovering from a minor stroke and was thankful to be performing again.

“It feels great,” she said. “It is extra special for me actually because last April there, I suffered a minor stroke.

“I have fought like crazy to get back on stage. And I have done it.”

Head judge Simon Cowell told the ‘Memory’ singer: “Susan, we owe you so much and I knew you weren’t well, but if anyone was going to come back you were going to come back because it wouldn’t be the same without you.”

Boyle’s Facebook post following the program has reflected her determination to regain her speech and singing abilities, highlighting her relentless effort to be able to perform on stage once more.

Since her initial appearance, Boyle has sold over 20 million albums and received two Grammy nominations.

Susan Boyle returns to Britain's Got Talent
Susan Boyle has returned to TV after suffering a minor stroke. Credit: ITV

She also appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, where her rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’ earned her high praise from judge Mel B, who described her voice as ‘angelic’.

In 2013, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that can make it challenging to navigate social situations and regulate emotions.

The diagnosis has provided the singer with a clearer understanding of her condition, dispelling her previous belief that she had suffered brain damage at birth.

Despite these challenges, Boyle has persevered and continued to captivate audiences with her powerful voice and inspiring story.

In the Britain’s Got Talent final, Venn was crowned the winner, surpassing bookmakers’ favourite Musa Motha, a dancer from South Africa who overcame the amputation of his leg at the age of 11.

Teenage dancer Lilliana Clifton and young magician Cillian O’Connor secured second and third place, respectively.

Venn’s victory granted him a prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Royal Variety Performance.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.