Singer Susan Boyle Reveals A Peek Inside Her Remodeled Childhood Home – And People Are Losing It

Singer Susan Boyle Reveals A Peek Inside Her Remodeled Childhood Home - And People Are Losing It

Unless your family remains in your childhood home, at some point, that special place will become unfamiliar to you, as the new owners redecorate and create their own space. Most people accept this as a part of life, but not famed singer Susan Boyle. After Susan earned a fabulous amount of wealth with her impressive set of pipes, the entertainer purchased the house where she grew up. Now, Boyle is giving fans a special glance into her remodeled home, in which she’s made some deeply personal design choices.

Surprising decisions

“Some people seem surprised that I choose to stay in my family home. Why shouldn’t I? I feel Mum is still here and there are so many good memories,” Susan said. “I’ve spent most of my life in this house and I won’t move now, because I feel it’s part of my new history.” And Boyle has made the most of that philosophy.

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Then and now

With so much wealth, it would be simple for Susan to buy any kind of house she desired. Instead, she chose to remain in her childhood home. For 60 years, the West Lothian, Scotland, native has lived in the same place. Even though she now owns this house outright, this wasn’t always the case.

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New life

Before Susan’s 2009 debut on Britain’s Got Talent, she struggled with money. Stepping onto the stage and proclaiming, “I’m trying to be a professional singer,” was the start of Susan’s new life. Though the judges and crowd were expecting a flop, Susan’s breathtaking version of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables earned her a standing ovation.

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First-rate success

Susan came in second place on the show, but her career was first-rate. Less than a year after publicly singing her heart out, she had millions of dollars to her name. More than 25 million copies of her albums have been sold and she was nominated for two Grammy awards.

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Before fame

Susan has traveled the world, played sold-out shows, and made the most of her strong voice. Ever the humble person, she still says she was “lucky to be picked” for Britain’s Got Talent. At the time, she was unemployed and facing financial hardship. “I was also in danger of losing our family home because I wasn’t working,” Susan recalled.

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Back home

Once Susan was financially stable, she used her earnings to buy back her house. She became obsessed with living where she grew up after she lost her mother in 2007. “I felt a part of me had died with her,” Susan said. The singer believed her mom’s untimely death was also a driving force behind her success.

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A mother’s love

Susan’s grief motivated her to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. “I had just lost my mum and I had nothing to look forward to, so I have no doubt it was a blessing,” Susan explained. “I think that was my mum’s way of telling me to keep going, that I had something to offer.”

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The hidden angel

“I truly believe that she was the angel on my shoulder that day,” Susan described, thinking back to her debut on reality television. Getting on stage, with her mom watching along, she made her way into the public eye. At one point Susan did buy herself a fancy home — she couldn’t bear to move in.

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Surprised fans

“I bought the posh house, but my niece lives in that now — I share it among the family!” Susan exclaimed. There were plenty of people who were shocked she wouldn’t use it herself. Instead, Susan is surprised at their reactions. “Some people seem surprised that I choose to stay in my family home,” she pointed out. “Why shouldn’t I?”

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Good memories

“I feel Mum is still here and there are so many good memories … I’ve spent most of my life in this house and I won’t move now, because I feel it’s part of my new history,” Susan said. In the next chapter of her life, she’s revisited where her life began.

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Feeling grounded

With so much change, settling in her childhood home helps Susan remain down-to-earth. “It’s to do with the memories of your house and your upbringing, you need to take stock of things and maybe see where you come from and where your roots lie,” Susan said. “It’s best to be grounded and with your roots.”

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Just right

Once the house was officially in her name, Susan started renovations. “I couldn’t do anything too extravagant or over the top because I have got my parents,” she said. “My parents will probably come back and haunt me. It’s good to stay grounded. You get the glamorous side and then you’ve got the more natural side.”

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Keepsakes galore

In her updated version of her childhood home, Susan has filled her house with plenty of decorations. Her living room and piano room are especially jammed with religious figurines and keepsakes from her music career. One of the biggest changes she made, however, was in the kitchen.

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Cat swinging space

The original kitchen was so cramped “you hadn’t room to swing a cat,” according to Susan. Now, the space has a calming white and grey scheme and is filled with the musician’s cookware collectibles. Besides the kitchen, another massive change was replacing her dad’s garage.

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Latest update

While he was alive, he tinkered with vintage cars, which completely filled the space. One of the most recent changes Susan made was remodeling her living room. “With me being away all the time you tend to overlook these things,” she said. Susan is a touring musician, so she’s not home as often as she likes.

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Room makeover

The fancy rest space has fresh carpet, new wallpaper, and plenty of spots for her enormous ornament collection. Angels, rabbits, and cats make the room scream “Susan Boyle.” The singer’s taste brings kitschy charm to her upscale abode. Besides the enormous figurine collection, there are other interesting items in Susan’s home too.

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Unforgettable moments

Susan’s decorations also represent unforgettable moments from her music career. There are framed versions of her hit albums I Dreamed A Dream and The Gift, a picture of Susan meeting the pope, and a keepsake from a single she recorded with British actor, comedian, and singer Peter Kay.

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Bedroom to dressing room

Of course, Susan’s favorite memories involve her family. “There’s a bit of history attached to this house there used to be nine of us in it,” she said. “Three sisters used to sleep in what is now my dressing room […] So when they all left I was left with this room. This used to be my room.”

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It’s all hers

When Susan had the room to herself, she filled it with a record player, her bed, and a chair. Now, the room is bursting with beautiful clothing and jewelry. It must be a surreal feeling. Imagine being crammed into a bedroom as a kid and knowing you would eventually turn it into a walk-in closet!

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Dream trinket

Though Susan’s home is filled with knick-knacks and paintings of her family members, she knows which one is her favorite. “That’s always my motto to keep to your dreams, follow your dreams,” she said. Her music career, which started when she was 40, is a testament to this. And just like parts of her home, Susan herself has transformed in dramatic fashion.

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Makeover story

Thanks to a dramatic makeover, Boyle looks a far cry from how she appeared when she first burst onto our screens. And she’s been seen on a lot of screens, too. Her first Britain’s Got Talent performance would rack up an astonishing 120 million views on YouTube before being crowned the platform’s most-watched video that year.

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Still A winner

Inevitably, Boyle became the runaway favorite of the show that had previously launched Paul Potts to similar global fame. Ultimately, though, an innovative dance troupe ended up throwing a spanner in the works. Yes, incredibly, the singer had to settle for the runner-up spot after being pipped to the post by Diversity. But that’s not to say she didn’t do well out of the experience – and she’s obviously invested some of those earnings into giving herself a totally new look.

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First impressions

So what was it exactly that made everyone pay attention to an unemployed, middle-aged woman from a tiny Scottish town in the first place? Well, when the singer was first seen on camera, it looked as though she was being set up as the butt of a joke. First, there was her slightly unkempt appearance – a far cry from how she looks today. Then her interview with Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec insinuated that she was very much a stereotypical cat lady.

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A skeptical audience

And the reaction in the theater when Boyle walked out on the stage wasn’t much kinder than that of the viewers at home. One crowd member offered an ironic wolf whistle. Others openly laughed, while some simply ignored her and kept on chatting. Then there were the judges’ snap reactions.

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Setting the stage

Head judge Simon Cowell appeared flabbergasted when Boyle disclosed the fact that she was only in her mid-40s. Piers Morgan was even less impressed, screwing up his face when the singer indulged in a bit of playful hip-wiggling. The stage was set, then, for Boyle to be made a laughing stock.

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In her dreams

And both the audience and the judging panel audibly scoffed when Boyle revealed her singing ambitions. She declared a desire to be “as successful as Elaine Paige.” A veteran of London’s West End, Paige had previously taken center stage in such huge musicals as Cats, Chess and Evita. Could Boyle really be as good?

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From the first note

Well, maybe. From the moment that Boyle sang the first line of her chosen song, jaws in the auditorium dropped. Yes, while folks were likely expecting the auditionee to be completely tone-deaf, she instead proved to have the voice of a seasoned musical theater star. The self-confessed cat lady subsequently received the unlikeliest of standing ovations.

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Reality check

And the judges admitted that they’d been completely wrong to jump to conclusions about Boyle. In something of a backhanded compliment, Morgan remarked, “When you stood there with that cheeky grin and said, ‘I want to be like Elaine Paige,’ everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now.”

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A complete privilege

Holden added, “I am so thrilled because I know that everybody was against you. I honestly think that we were all being very cynical, and that’s the biggest wake-up call ever. And I just want to say that it was a complete privilege listening to that.” But what did the talent show’s most brutally honest judge make of it all?

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Approval from Simon

Well, just like Morgan and Holden and the rest of the auditorium, Cowell was bowled over. He joked, “I knew the minute you walked out on that stage that we were going to hear something extraordinary, and I was right. Susan, you are a little tiger, aren’t you?” The head judge went on to tell the instant star, “Susan Boyle, you can go back to the village with your head held high. It’s three yeses.”

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Launching a career

Boyle then sailed through to the Britain’s Got Talent semis, where she was voted into the final by British viewers. And although she didn’t take pole position as everyone expected, the singer still went on to forge a successful recording career. In fact, her first studio effort, I Dreamed a Dream, hit the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic.

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An eclectic collection

That debut actually broke first-week sales records in Boyle’s native U.K. and was named the second biggest-selling U.S. album of 2009. Not bad for someone who was unknown at the start of the year! Striking while the iron was hot, she then followed that smash up with 2010 festive release The Gift. Rather curiously, her third LP, 2011’s Someone to Watch Over Me, saw the Scotswoman tackle tunes from artists including Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears.

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Cranking out the hits

But Boyle hasn’t exactly slacked off since. In 2012 she collaborated with Michael Crawford and Donny Osmond on Standing Ovation: Greatest Songs from the Stage. A year later, the singer once again embraced the holiday season on Home for Christmas. And in 2014 she released her sixth album in just five years – the inspirational Hope.

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Big time collaborations

The unlikely star has continued to bring out some surprises, too. Her record Wonderful World boasts both a posthumous duet with the legendary Nat King Cole and a rather left-field cover of Madonna classic “Like a Prayer.” And in 2019 she marked a decade in the spotlight with a hits compilation simply named Ten.

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Branching into film

Yet Boyle’s achievements extend far beyond her discography. The singer has showcased her talents in front of both The Queen and The Pope. Pretty impressive, right? She’s also picked up several Grammy nods. And then there’s Susan Boyle the movie star. Yes, you read that correctly. She’s appeared in the festive family drama The Christmas Candle and Ben Stiller’s comedy sequel Zoolander 2.

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A small fortune

Of course, touring the world and smashing all kinds of chart records has also reaped financial rewards. According to reports, Boyle has amassed an impressive net worth of approximately $30 million since she stepped onto the Britain’s Got Talent audition stage in 2009. Some of that cash, of course, has gone on her astonishing makeover. But being a superstar isn’t always easy.

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Learning as you go

While speaking to OK!, Boyle also touched upon the difficulties she’s faced since becoming a household name across the world. Referencing some of the criticism she’s received from the press, she revealed, “It’s a bit like riding a bike. You learn to do better. You’ve got to make mistakes to overcome things, and I’ve made some amazing mistakes.”

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Incredible pressure

Sadly, the singer has also had to battle mental health issues – including Asperger’s syndrome – while in the spotlight. In 2019 Boyle told 9News that she even nearly quit Britain’s Got Talent halfway through her run because of the stress she had felt. She explained, “You’ve got a lot of pressure and a lot of different things going at once. It is difficult.”

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Her own pace

And Boyle opened up about her Asperger’s diagnosis on the Australian news channel, explaining how she had been relieved to discover that her fears of “serious brain damage” were incorrect. Going into more detail about her condition, the star said, “[With] Asperger’s, you just have to make people aware that sometimes you have to go at a certain pace. Don’t be too bombarded with things. At the very beginning, I was too bombarded.”

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Voice of the underdog

The singer went on, “[Asperger’s is] nothing to be ashamed of. Everybody has something. I mean, a flaw, if you like.” Boyle then explained, “You shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It’s something that you bring out in the open in the hope that you help other people. I like to feel [that] I’m the voice for people who have been the underdog, and I wanted to try and prove myself.”

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Support structure

Shortly after that interview, Boyle gave thanks to the support system that had helped her through those difficult periods. While appearing on British morning show Lorraine, she said, “I feel a lot better now, thank you. I’ve had my moments when I’ve needed help, and I’ve reached out and got the help I needed. And I can only thank them for my recovery. I’ve got a great vocal coach, a great PA. My publicist, she’s fantastic. I love them.”

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Authenticity

So, was Boyle really on form, or was she just putting on a brave face for the cameras? Well, another TV appearance answered any fears fans may have had. In 2019 the Scotswoman competed in the America’s Got Talent: The Champions final after being given the golden buzzer by Spice Girl Mel B. And, touchingly, she decided to pay homage to where it had all begun.

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The kindest words

Boyle earned a standing ovation for reprising her audition song, “I Dreamed a Dream.” And Cowell graciously offered his sincerest apology for the way he had treated the singer during her first Britain’s Got Talent appearance. He said, “I have goosebumps on my goosebumps. That really, really took me back all those years.”

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Simon’s confession

Cowell continued, “I can remember vividly how disgusting I was on the day, before you sang — and then what you did, and what happened afterward.” Sadly, the judge’s kind words didn’t inspire enough viewers to cast their votes for Boyle. The star failed to make the top five in the finale, which was ultimately won by magician Shin Lim.

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An elegant transformation

Still, Boyle had the last laugh. In March 2020 she took to the stage at Scotland’s SEC Armadillo arena, preparing once again to sing her trademark Les Miserables number. Now, she looked very different to how she had appeared on the Britain’s Got Talent stage. But one thing did remain the same: the famous gold dress she had sported back in 2009.

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The same dress

Boyle showed off the outfit in an Instagram pic captioned, “Deja Vu? Eleven years after her BGT audition, Susan returned to the SEC Armadillo stage and donned the very dress she wore for that audition! Back for one night only, Susan surprised the audience with a quick change before her signature song “I Dreamed A Dream,” and of course it came with the Susan wiggle!”

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Kind words

And many of Boyle’s loyal followers couldn’t get over how great she looked in the familiar dress. One remarked, “Susan, you’ve lost so much weight!! Wonderful!” Another commented, “Good for you, Susan! I like that dress! I am so happy you have had so much success in the years since.”

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Deeper meaning

Another highly impressed fan wrote to Boyle, “You have helped me so much with your incredible talent. I’ve watched that audition video hundreds of times.” But some of Boyle’s followers may well have been left surprised by the singer’s sartorial choice. You see, she hadn’t exactly been complimentary about that dress during an interview with the Irish Mirror a year previously.

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Not the most flattering color

Reflecting on her star-making audition, Boyle told the newspaper, “Everyone was laughing at me. They wondered who this daft woman with the crazy hair was… And I had made a bad choice in clothes. So, no one had high expectations.” However, having lost two stone in weight since 2016, she may well have wanted followers to compare and contrast the two looks.

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Health in mind

Boyle had made a conscious effort to shift some pounds after discovering in 2016 that she had type 2 diabetes. Medics had even warned her that the condition could stop her from performing live. But, determined to keep doing the thing she loves best, the Scotswoman decided to commit to a new diet and so improve her chances of returning to the stage.

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Cutting the sugar

In an interview with Britain’s Daily Mirror, Boyle revealed that she had lost so much weight simply by cutting out sugary foods. The star explained, “I needed to stop eating sweeties and cakes. It’s the bane of my life.” But, thankfully, that hard work paid off. And as well as wowing fans with her new slim appearance, Boyle has also been able to continue amazing them with her voice.

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More appearances

It looks as though there will be plenty of other chances for Boyle to show off her new trim figure, too. In September 2020 it was revealed that Cowell had invited her to appear on a Christmas special of Britain’s Got Talent. Unlike usual, though, this one-off show would simply be a celebration of the performers the series has discovered.

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High profile

Boyle has also returned to the recording studio as a guest on Aled Jones’ faith-based LP Blessings. The star lent her vocals to a duet performance of “Bless This House,” a Christian favorite, on an album that also included appearances from actors Brian Blessed and Judi Dench. And the former choirboy couldn’t have been more excited by the singer’s inclusion.

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The highest praise

Jones told the Belfast Telegraph, “Over the years, I’ve met Susan quite a few times and was thrilled when she agreed to sing with me. Who can forget when she charmed a nation with the Les Mis classic “I Dreamed A Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent? I knew this song would suit Susan, and she didn’t disappoint. Her vocals are both touching and powerful.”

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Giving back

Boyle also made the news in 2020 for a story relating to another Britain’s Got Talent outfit. This time around, the focus was on the sparkly blue dress that she had worn during a performance on the hit show the previous year. And in a very generous move, Boyle had decided to put the gown up for auction in order to help a cancer-stricken teenager get the treatment she needed.

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A humble outlook

Ashlee Easton, 13 years old at the time, needed around $300,000 for a vaccine trial held in New York. That vital treatment could potentially keep the rare form of cancer she’s twice beaten from returning. And Boyle was gracious when speaking about her kind gift, telling the Scottish Sun, “I wanted to help in any way I could.” Yes, while the singer may now look every part the diva, she’s still as incredibly humble as she was back in 2009.

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