BGT star Susan Boyle 'worked hard to get speech and singing back' after stroke

Britain’s Got Talent legend Susan Boyle has opened up on her recovery after suffering a stroke, sharing that she ‘worked so hard’ to restore her speech and singing.

The singer said that her ‘sole aim’ was to return to the stage, and her hard work ‘paid off’ when she was able to come back to the TV show that helped her soar to stardom.

On Sunday June 4, Susan, 62, appeared at the grand finale alongside the cast of the West End production of Les Misérables, duetting with The X Factor star Lucie Jones, 32, to perform I Dreamed A Dream, the song that she auditioned with back in 2009.

She later shared a heartfelt post on Instagram, explaining just how ‘special’ the moment was for her in light of her health.

‘Tonight I had the privilege of returning to @bgt and performing with the wonderful cast of @lesmizofficial,’ she said.

‘This evening was even more special for me as in April of 2022 I had a stroke.’

Susan continued: ‘For the past year I have worked so hard to get my speech and singing back, with the sole aim of being able to sing on stage again & tonight my hard work & perseverance paid off, singing the song that started it all, “I Dreamed A Dream”…’

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Several of her fans sent her messages of support, with one writing on Instagram: ‘You are so loved by so many Susan. Glad to hear you are recovering. Stay strong and feel the love from the world around you.’

Someone else said: ‘So sorry to hear you had a stroke, but beyond relieved that you are doing well now. Looking forward to more years of hearing your beautiful voice.’

In 2009, Susan came second on Britain’s Got Talent behind dance troupe Diversity, who were crowned the winners.

That same year, she released her debut studio album I Dreamed a Dream, which became the UK’s best-selling debut album ever at the time.

While speaking on stage at the Britain’s Got Talent 2023 final, Susan told co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that it felt ‘great’ to be there.

‘It’s extra special for me, last April I suffered a minor stroke and I fought to be back on stage and I have done it,’ she said.

Judge Simon Cowell told her: ‘Susan, we owe you so much.’

The media mogul added: ‘I knew you weren’t well but if anyone was going to come back, you were going to come back. It wouldn’t be the same without you.’

Comedian Viggo Venn was crowned the winner of the competition, with dancer Lillianna Clifton coming in second place and magician Cillian O’Connor finishing third.

Britain’s Got Talent is available to watch on ITVX.

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