12/08/2013 12:23 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2014

Susan Boyle Diagnosed With Asperger's Syndrome

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Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

The singer, who shot to stardom following a memorable 2009 performance on "Britain's Got Talent," says she saw a specialist a year ago and was informed that she has the autistic disorder, which affects her social interaction and communication skills.

Boyle tells The Observer that the diagnosis is a "relief."

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