The Scottish singer, 48, who struggled mightily with her meteoric rise to fame following her legendary appearance on Britain's Got Talent last April, says she's turned a corner where celebrity is concerned.
"I was like a scared child before, but I'm not the scared person I used to be," Boyle tells CBS Sunday Morning. "I had to learn how to deal with a lot of publicity, and the glare of attention. And that takes a bit to get used to. But I got there in the end!"
Boyle, who canceled concerts and was hospitalized at one point last year as she dealt with the pressures of stardom, forged her newfound confidence both in the studio and away from it.
It began with the recording sessions for I Dreamed a Dream, her best-selling CD released late last year, in which she surprised herself with her vocal range and versatility on songs like "Amazing Grace," the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and Madonna's "You'll See."
"It's good to experiment," she says. "It's a bit like having a wee flower. If you put a wee bit of water [on it], it gradually blossoms."
The same can be said of Boyle herself. While fame will always have its challenges – she dealt with an intruder at her small home in Scotland just last month – she takes comfort in the feedback she gets from fans.
"I think I'm entertaining people," she says. "I'm inspiring a lot of people. What people have written to me about how much I have inspired [them] … I'd like to keep on doing that for as long as it lasts."