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TODAY   |  December 09, 2013

Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger’s syndrome

The popular 52-year-old singer, who shot to fame on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, says she has a form of autism known as Asperger’s syndrome, and that she was actually relieved to learn of the recent diagnosis.

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>> and now to something that's getting a lot of attention this morning. a surprising revelation from singing sensation susan boyle . tamron has more on that.

>> she is opening up about her recent diagnosis of aspergers syndrome and is relieved to know it.

>> she took the world by surprise when she stole is show at britain's got talent in 2009 . now she is stunning fans with the revelation that she has aspergers syndrome . also referred to as mild spectrum of autism.

>> difficulty with eye contact and body gestures. a habit of repettive behaviors of some sort.

>> reporter: boyle says as a child she was told she had brain damage but last year she sought out a specialist telling the paper i always knew it was an unfair label. now i have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and i feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about himself i'll be home for christmas

>> she admits she was bullied as a child and as an adult had a hard time adjusting to her sudden fame. something she expressed to today years ago.

>> it was obvious i lack confidence.

>> it is a relief that people will know these are the reasons why i do the things i do.

>> she isn't the only celebrity diagnosed with the disorder. earlier this year darryl hannah opened up about her struggles with autism and dan did several years ago.

>> when celebrities come out with these in a public way it raises awareness but increase ace comfort level not only for the celebrity but also for the public.

>> reporter: boyle opens going public will help her treatment saying, quote, i'm not strong on my own. when i have the support of people around me, i'm fine.

>> before her diagnosis susan boyle worried she might have a more serious illness and after being tested she found out her iq was actually above average. so this, you know, sparks the conversation. i was surprised. i didn't realize darryl hannah as well.

>> speaking out raises a lot of awareness which is important.

>> it takes a measure of braveness because you're worried that people will judge you.