Susan Boyle battled with epilepsy

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 16:23 PM IST

Washington: Susan Boyle has revealed that her school years were ruined by fainting fits after she was diagnosed with epilepsy.

The singing sensation has previously revealed that she was teased and tormented by classmates because of her learning disabilities while growing up in her native Scotland.

The 50-year-old singer has now said that her problems were heightened when doctors told her she was suffering with the neurological disorder, which is characterized by seizures.

“I was protected in cotton wool. They (parents) thought they were doing the right thing. They called me touchy. At school I used to faint a lot. It’s something I’ve never talked about. I had epilepsy,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.

“People in the public eye don’t have things like that. All through my childhood they’d say epilepsy is to do with mental function. And now I realise it’s not. I was up against all those barriers. It wasn’t easy,” she added.

ANI