02:41 PM EDT 01/28/2014
Originally posted 03/26/2010 12:45PM
Susan Boyle has gone shopping for a birthday present – for herself.
The singing sensation, who turns 49 on April 1, has just received her first major royalty check of $6 million, and she's ready to spend some of it.
Boyle has made an offer on a newly-built house near her home in Blackburn, Scotland. The property backs onto a small river, reportedly has five bedrooms, and was on the market for £300,000 (about $447,000).
Originally posted 03/15/2010 09:15AM
Susan Boyle arrived home late one night in January to find an intruder in her humble, local authority-owned home. Now, police confirm, a teenager will face a court over an alleged theft of some cash at the house.
"A 16-year-old youth has been arrested and charged in connection with a theft that happened at a property in Blackburn," a spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland tells PEOPLE of the incident at Boyle's.
Her reps issued a statement thanking "local police for their help and support."
Boyle, 48, had been recording her part in Simon Cowell's charity single, Everybody Hurts, that raised money for the stricken in Haiti when she came home to discover the break-in.
She was with a friend that night, but her family have previously expressed fears about Boyle's safety, and she now has a guard at her home.
Originally posted 02/24/2010 02:30PM
After performing at Italy's Sanremo music festival on Feb. 16, Susan Boyle told an adoring audience, "Dreams have no expiry date. I'd like this to go on and on."
But at what cost?
Two of her brothers are now voicing concerns for her well-being and speaking out about her ability to handle the pressure of global stardom.
"The traveling and the whole [fame] thing is exhausting. She still has her anxieties and her loneliness," her brother Gerry tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story.
Her other brother, John, is even more blunt: "She needs 24-hour care. She needs to be looked after."
Originally posted 02/15/2010 10:45AM
Don't look now, but Susan Boyle is working on a new sound – that of someone more confident in the limelight.
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!"
Originally posted 01/27/2010 08:40AM
Susan Boyle returned to her home in Scotland to find something she didn't expect – an intruder, police have confirmed to PEOPLE.
The singer was entering her house in Blackburn, West Lothian, late Tuesday when the unexpected guest ran out past her.
A police statement said Wednesday, "Lothian and Borders Police were called to an address in Blackburn at around 9:50 p.m. yesterday following reports of a disturbance. A man was detained in connection with the incident and released without charge pending further inquiries."
Boyle's rep also said Wednesday: "Last night, Susan returned home with a friend and found an intruder in her house. She was shocked but unharmed."
Originally posted 01/23/2010 03:25PM
Susan Boyle has signed on to sing REM’s ballad "Everybody Hurts" along with a star-studded roster of other singers to raise money for Haiti.
It was announced earlier this week that Simon Cowell is organizing the charity initiative, which will also include Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart and Leona Lewis.
"The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine," Boyle told The Sun newspaper. "I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country."
On Friday, George Clooney helmed the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which included appearances by Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Wyclef Jean.
Originally posted 01/21/2010 08:40AM
The star support for the relief work in Haiti is unceasing, with Simon Cowell now joining the effort by organizing a Live Aid-style celebrity record to benefit the cause.
"We are going to do a single. I wanted to do something for Haiti, and we had a request from the Prime Minister to put a record together," the American Idol judge and music mogul, 50, confirmed to reporters at the National Television Awards in London on Wednesday.
Cowell has already asked several of his leading artists, including Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis, to back the project, reports the Sun newspaper.The charity recording is expected to take place within the next few days.
"I've got to get it together in 48 hours, "says Cowell. "It's not the best timing, but I will make it happen."
– Monique Jessen
Originally posted 01/19/2010 03:25PM
She wowed Simon Cowell, sold a bazillion records and captivated people worldwide. But Susan Boyle's act is apparently not music to the ears of the British record industry, which failed to honor her with a single nomination for the 2010 Brit Awards.
Some in the British press speculate that the Scottish singer, 48, whose album I Dreamed a Dream topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, simply isn't trendy or stylish enough.
"The problem for the Brits is they're supposed to be a celebration of British music – and cool," one source tells the Daily Mail. "And whatever anyone thinks of Susan Boyle, she certainly isn't cool."
Originally posted 12/19/2009 08:00AM
Could Susan Boyle dethrone current queen Taylor Swift, currently at the top of 2009's album-sales charts?
With her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, shaking up the industry and selling like hotcakes – it's already sold 1.8 million units since launching in the U.S. on Nov. 24 – Boyle, 48, is poised to surpass the 2.7 million copies of Fearless that Swift, 20, has sold this year. (Since its release in November 2008, Fearless has sold a total of 4.8 million units.)
According to Billboard, Boyle – who has held the No. 1 sales spot for the past three weeks – stands a good chance of ruling the music roost if her strong sales hold up for the next couple of weeks.
Originally posted 12/13/2009 09:00AM
What a year it's been for Susan Boyle! The Scottish singing sensation's debut album I Dreamed a Dream is at the top the Billboard charts for the second week in a row. On Sunday (8 p.m. EST), the TV Guide Network will air I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story. The one-hour special features performances with Boyle and the West End cast of Les Miserables and singer Elaine Paige. PEOPLE caught up with Boyle to talk about her life-changing year, her upcoming TV special and how fame has affected her cat Pebbles!
What's it like having your own television special?
It's a very humbling experience. I loved every second of it. I finally feel like the dream is a reality. When the show was made I can honestly say that it was the best two days of my life. The producer, Nigel Hall, made me a beautiful show.
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