Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at having the right label for her condition, People reports
Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ.
Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.
“I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me,” Boyle said in the interview, published Sunday. “Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the “Les Miserables” number “I Dreamed a Dream” on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009.
The contrast between her shy manner and soaring voice won Boyle legions of fans. She has sold more than 14 million records around the world and recently released her fourth album, “Home for Christmas.” She made her big-screen debut in “The Christmas Candle.”
Just like the time he was removed from the boulder … 1997 CMU grad Aron Ralston is now a free man — and even better for him, the charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend have been dropped, TMZ reports.
The case against Ralston — the real-life inspiration for the movie “127 Hours” — has been dismissed … and TMZ reports it’s because prosecutors determined they didn’t have enough evidence to convict him.
However, Ralston’s girlfriend Vita Shannon is still facing two criminal charges for allegedly assaulting Ralston in front of their 8-month-old child.
Ralston was released around 1 p.m. Monday but his girlfriend is still in custody with a $550 bond.
Sarah Palin will host a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle, the Sportsman Channel said Monday.
The program, “Amazing America,” will debut next April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, fewer than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin’s show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.
“It’s very important to have somebody of her stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for everybody,” said Gavin Harvey, network CEO.
The Sportsman Channel has ordered 12 episodes of the series to start. It’s the first of a three-series deal between the network and the busy nonfiction production company Pilgrim Studios.
“The network showcases a lifestyle that I love and celebrate every day and it’s great to be a part of their team,” Palin said in a statement provided by the network.
Since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008, the former Alaska governor has worked as a commentator on Fox News Channel and was host of a short-lived series about her home state, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” that ran on the TLC network in 2010.
“Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter has tied the knot!
Baxter, 66, and her longtime partner, contractor Nancy Locke, were married in an intimate ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Close friends and family — including Baxter’s five children — looked on as the couple exchanged handwritten vows.
A friend sang and played guitar during the ceremony and at the reception Locke’s band took the stage. Locke and Baxter even took lessons to prepare for their first dance as a married couple.
The pair have been dating for seven years; in 2009, Baxter, came out as a lesbian.
Garth Brooks is hitting the road once again.
In what is certain to delight millions of his music fans, the country superstar, 51, announced his latest world tour in an appearance Monday on “Good Morning America,” People reports.
“Our baby is a senior in high school. We talked about it, all my babies are fine with it. Miss [Trisha] Yearwood is fine with it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music,” Brooks told the show’s host Robin Roberts of winning his country-star wife and his three daughters’ approval for a return to touring.
After making a decision in 2000 to stop touring or recording until his daughters were grown, the Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Fame member had limited his stage stints. He had starred since 2009 in a one-man show at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel.
Now, with the blessings of those closest to him, the artist who has sold more than 100 million records, returns full-time to music with his full band. “It sure feels good to throw your hat back into the ring,” he said.
“My children are off on their own … I’m a phone-call dad now — that’s where I’m at,” Brooks, who became a new grandfather in July, added of his decision. “I feel very lucky to have three healthy children and they are getting ready to step off onto their paths in the world.”
Bob Barker, come on down! You’re the next birthday boy on “The Price Is Right,” E! News reports.
After 35 years of hosting the CBS game show, Barker stepped down from the prize-packed “Price Is Right” stage and passed his signature microphone off to his successor Drew Carey. Now the TV legend is finally returning to the hit series this Thursday to celebrate his 90th birthday.
This week, “The Price Is Right” is also celebrating their special Pet Adoption Week, in honor of Barker who has always been an avid animal rights activist. It’s why his classic sign-off phrase was “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”
Bob’s big birthday celebration airs on “The Price Is Right” Thursday morning on CBS.