Susan Boyle meltdown, threatens to quit Britain’s Got Talent

May 29th, 2009 - 8:02 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Susan Boyle Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has threatened to quit popular British TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent as a result of stress resulting from her newfound fame.

Britain’s Got Talent judge, Piers Morgan told The Early Show 48-year-old Boyle “threatened to leave the show yesterday [Wednesday] because of the amount of pressure on her.”

Since her debut performance, television crews from around the world have camped outside Boyle’s home in rural Scotland and newspapers have dedicated countless pages to her.

Morgan said the Scottish spinster, dubbed the “Hairy Angel” in Britain, was struggling to cope with the pressures of fame after she reportedly unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at the hotel where the contestants are staying.

Writing on his blog, Morgan, a former tabloid newspaper editor, described Boyle as a “frightened rabbit” and called for her critics to “back off”.

He said that reading personal comments about the star, who claims she has never been kissed, made him feel “very, very angry”.

According to Morgan, Susan is finding it very, very difficult to cope, and to stay calm.

“She has been in tears many times during the last few days … she’s had to read stories and columns, and listen to radio and TV phone-ins, calling her arrogant, insincere, spoiled, fake, mad and so on.

“Susan Boyle has never experienced anything like this and is like a frightened rabbit in headlights.”

Morgan said Boyle had shown the weight of expectation on her shoulders during a wobbly performance last weekend.

Describing her as “an incredibly sweet, nice, gentle person” who had turned into “the biggest star on the planet”, he said, “Anybody who has gone through that … transformation is going to be feeling the most unbelievable pressure.

“You could see the nerves almost crippling her on the semi-final show and I just think it’s time that everyone slightly backed off,” he told said.

Despite her newfound fame, unemployed Boyle still lives in social housing outside Edinburgh with only her cat, Pebbles, for company.

Boyle shot to fame on the British-style version of American Idol when judges and the audience were stunned by her performance of I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Miserables last month.

Last week Boyle’s performance of Memory from the musical Cats saw here garner an avalanche of tele-votes from people voting at home to beat seven other performers and advance to the final round this week.

The winner will go on to perform at Britain’s annual Royal Variety Show — attended by members of the royal family — and win a £100,000 ($US159,000) prize

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