Both her parents were born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but also have family links to County Donegal in Ireland.
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) became concerned by press reports about Boyle's erratic behaviour and speculation about her mental condition and wrote to remind editors about clause 3 (privacy) of their code of press conduct.
Talkback Thames explained, "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained." Her stay in hospital attracted widespread attention, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown wishing her well.
Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number-one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
Boyle's initial appearance on the talent show fired public imagination when her modest stage introduction left audience, viewers and judges alike unprepared for the power and expression of her mezzo-soprano voice.
In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million (£6.0 million today) with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses".
The success was continued with her second album, The Gift (2010), where she became only the third act ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, and was followed by Boyle's third album, Someone to Watch Over Me (debuted at #1 on UK charts, #4 on US charts), released on 31 October 2011.
Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009), became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis.
Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US.
I'm hoping to make it better and a bit extra special." On 30 November 2010, in the United States, Boyle performed on ABC's The View singing "O Holy Night" and then on NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center program performing "Perfect Day" and "Away in a Manger".