Scoop: Susan Boyle Says Fame "Can Flatten You"

Scottish singing sensation opens up on hospitalization

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    Susan Boyle said the media used to hound her 24/7.

    Susan Boyle’s publicity train is back on track. The Scottish singer is addressing her difficulties with sudden fame before she performs on “Dancing With The Stars” in Los Angeles later this week.

    “You have to understand, my life ceased to be normal when ‘Britain's Got Talent’ went live,” the talent-show finalist told the Scottish paper The Daily Record. “There were phone calls 24 hours a day. They kept me awake for three weeks until I changed my number. It was totally out of control, like a steamroller. It just got bigger and bigger and bigger until, eventually, it can flatten you.”

    Boyle also discussed the final week of the show, when she lost to dance act Diversity, and ultimately was hospitalized for exhaustion.

    “I hadn't eaten properly for about a week, hadn't slept properly,” she said. “The feeling was one of extreme exhaustion that manifested itself in firing off at everyone. I don't remember much else. I just know someone sent for an ambulance and I went to (north London clinic) the Priory. I needed to sleep. I was too tired to even think straight.”

    On “Dancing With the Stars,” Boyle is expected to perform a song from her debut album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” which will be released Nov. 24.

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