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Susan Boyle, 'Britain's Got Talent' star, reveals she suffered stroke: ‘I fought like crazy’ to recover

Nearly 15 years after Susan Boyle first performed “I Dreamed a Dream” on the “Britain’s Got Talent” stage, the Scottish singer returned and revealed her past health struggles.

The 62-year-old was joined by the West End cast of “Les Misérables” and performed the song she is known for, while also revealing she had recently suffered and was recovering from a stroke.

Acknowledging that her return to the competition show “feels great,” Boyle announced the significance of the homecoming. 

“It’s extra special for me, actually. Because last April there, I suffered a major stroke,” she told the audience.


Susan Boyle in a sparkly short-sleeve dress sings on stage during "America's Got Talent"

Although she did not win her season of “Britain’s Got Talent,” Susan Boyle achieved international success after appearing on the competition show. (Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal)

Simon Cowell, creator of “BGT” and its American spinoff “America’s Got Talent,” praised Boyle.

“Unbelievable,” Cowell, 63, said of her return. “Susan, we owe you so much,” admitting he knew she was previously ill.

“This evening was even more special for me as in April of 2022 I had a stroke,” she wrote. “For the past year I have worked so hard to get my speech and singing back, with the sole aim of being able to sing on stage again & tonight my hard work & perseverance paid off, singing the song that started it all, ‘I Dreamed A Dream.'”

Susan Boyle poses with cast of "Les Misérables"

Susan Boyle was joined on “Britain’s Got Talent” by the West End cast of “Les Misérables.” (Susan Boyle Instagram)

Boyle’s original audition on the competition show in 2009 immediately went viral, making her an overnight sensation.

Although she did not win her season of the show, Boyle went on to see massive success.

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