Singer Susan Boyle is being viciously taunted and harassed by a gang of up to 15 teenagers in her neighborhood in Blackburn, Scotland, according to reports in the British media. Her neighbors say members of the gang have been “hassling” the 56-year-old Scottish singer near her home for years and in one instance even threw a flaming piece of paper at her face.
Boyle became a singing sensation after her incredibly moving first audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009 and the harassment began soon afterward. Making matters worse, the talented star suffers from Asperger syndrome, making her a particularly vulnerable target.
Via the Daily Mail:
The gang of mainly boys is said to have thrown a flaming piece of paper at her in one attack and pelted the buses she was riding on with stones in another.
The abuse is getting so bad that the 56-year-old’s representatives are said to be considering calling the police to ensure her safety.
The gang, which is also behind a string of attacks on locals, called her an ‘old ugly b****’ at the Mill Centre shopping mall in West Lothian, a witness told the Mirror.
They told the paper how they even attacked the bus she was riding on, saying: ‘They were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.
‘Another time 10 to 15 of them were surrounding and throwing stuff. They lit a piece of paper and threw it at her face.’
Neighbours are said to have told the police that the gang of boys, aged 16 to 18, have been intimidating other locals too.
One woman, who says the gang are known to the community, said they racially abused her and threw a bottle which almost struck her on the head.
She went on: ‘While I was waiting at the bus they lobbed a glass bottle at my head. Luckily, it missed – it would have been painful if it had hit me.
‘They pick on the most vulnerable people. If there is more than one person they won’t do it – because they are too scared.
Boyle became a fabulously rich international star after her phenomenal debut on “Britain’s Got Talent.” The talented diva “has sold millions of records, sang for the Pope and the Queen and performed a duet with her heroine, Elaine Paige,” according to the Daily Mail. She is reportedly worth around £22 million or roughly $28 million in American dollars.
But her amazing success has had a downside. Boyle’s neighbors say she has been constantly hassled by the youths since becoming famous. They say they have been doing what they can to help her.
Here’s is Susan Boyle’s famous audition, where she stole the hearts of dubious judges Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden, and Simon Cowell along with the entire audience: