Michael Parkinson: Susan Boyle breakdown ‘predictable’

Parky says Boyle's breakdown was 'predictable' as Press Complaints Commission warns media to back off

Sir Michael Parkinson has spoken out about Susan Boyle’s breakdown and admission to private clinic The Priory, saying it was ‘predictable’.

The ex-talk show host has commented on Boyle’s difficulty to cope with worldwide recognition following her meteoric rise to fame, saying being thrust into the limelight so suddenly is tough for anyone to cope with, let alone an individual like Boyle who has ‘obvious personal problems’.

Making the remarks on his My Week in Words blog this week, Parky also raised the question of whether the Scottish singer was actually any happier now than before she shot to worldwide fame.

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Since the first show of Britain’s Got Talent, Boyle’s life has been turned upside down. The 48-year-old West Lothian spinster has gone from living alone with her cat to hitting the front pages of every newspaper and appearing on Oprah’s chat show.

Parkinson wrote: ‘Susan Boyle’s reaction to not winning Britain’s Got Talent was predictable. To go from a quiet life as a church volunteer in a small town in Scotland to international fame would be tough for anyone to cope with. But to expect someone with her obvious personal problems to take it all in is ridiculous.

‘For all the promises of fame and fortune one wonders if Susan Boyle is happier now than she was eight weeks ago?’

Now an enquiry may be launched by media regulator Ofcom over the care given to Boyle from BGT’s show producers.

Yesterday the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) warned newspaper editors not to breach the privacy of Boyle by reporting on details of her health.

The singer is currently being represented by Simon Cowell’s company SyCo, which has asked that the PCC ‘politely’ draw the media’s attention to its concerns.

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