Susan Boyle And Other Celebrities With Asperger's Syndrome

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By ambika thakur | December 11, 2013 9:19 AM EST

Susan Boyle, 52, the Scottish singing sensation from 'Britain's Got Talent,' has told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Last year, she consulted a Scottish doctor thinking her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was erroneous. She admitted that she had been bullied all the way through for her atypical conduct and children in her hometown of Blackburn, Scotland used to call her "Susie Simple." After a year, she has revealed publicly that she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

She was not the only star who has suffered from this disorder. Nut there were other achievers in the past and present who were diagnosed with similar disease. We have here compiled a list of celebrities with Asperger's syndrome: 

  1. Heather Kuzmich: American fashion model
  2. William Henry Gates III KBE: Chairman of Microsoft
  3. Craig Nicholls: key member Australian alternative rock band, 'The Vines'
  4. Mark Twain: American author and humorist
  5. Woody Allen: three times Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright
  6. Thomas Edison: American inventor and businessman 
  7. George Orwell: English writer and journalist
  8. Wolfgang Mozart: influential composer of the Classical era
  9. Ludwig Van Beethoven:  German composer and virtuoso pianist
  10. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni: Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer
  11. Thomas Jefferson: political philosopher and intellectual leaders in Britain and France.
  12. Charles Monroe Schulz: 20th-century American cartoonist
  13. James Maury "Jim" Henson: puppeteer in American television
  14. Charles Robert Darwin: English naturalist
  15. Henry Cavendish: British scientist noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he called "inflammable air".
  16. Hans Christian Andersen: Danish author and poet
  17. Albert Einstein: German-born theoretical physicist
  18. Jane Austen: British novelist 
  19. Sir Isaac Newton FRS: English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, theologian, natural philosopher, and alchemist 
  20. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE: iconic director and producer both in Britain and Hollywood
  21. Luke Jacksonke Christopher Jackson: authored of 'Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome'at the age of thirteen.
  22. Henry Ford: the American founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production
  23. Gary Numan: English singer, composer, and musician
  24. Michael Jackson: King of Pop, was an American musician
  25. Tony Attwood:  Australian psychologist and author of English origin
  26. Satoshi Tajiri: instigator of Pokemon

 "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself," Boyle said in an interview with Observer newspaper.

In 2009, Boyle rose to global celebrity status after participating in the variety TV show, "Britain's Got Talent," and singing a perfect version of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the "Les Miserables." 

She said she consulted a specialist because "I thought I had a more serious illness and couldn't function properly." "I think people will treat me better because they will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do. It will not make any difference to my life. Asperger's doesn't define me It's just a condition that I have to live with and work through," she said.

"I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help," she explained further. 

In 2011, her tale of success is has been made into a documentary titled, "Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar," by Osca Humphreys and produced by Firecracker Films for UKnetwork ITV.

Boyle is pretty courageous to disclose her diagnosis and indeed an inspiration to all of us.

Watch:Singer Susan Boyle Reveals She Has Asperger's Syndrome

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