Britain's Got Talent runner-up rushed to rehab clinic after suffering 'emotional breakdown'
Susan Boyle was last night rushed to rehab clinic The Priory after reportedly suffering from an ’emotional breakdown’.
The runner-up of Britain’s Got Talent, who was widely expected to cruise to an easy victory in the reality show final, was apparently ‘acting strangely’ the day after the show, causing those around her to summon paramedics and the police to her hotel room in London.
A police spokesperson reveals: ‘We were called about 6pm on Sunday to a central London hotel to doctors assessing a woman under the Mental Health Act.
‘Police attended at the request of ambulance personnel and the woman was taken voluntarily to a clinic. No one was arrested and there were no allegations of crime.’
Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan says not winning the show is possibly the best thing that could have happened to Susan Boyle, despite her obvious disappointment on the night, when she was beaten to the prize by dance group Diversity.
However, it seems the emotions and physical strain of the evening, and during the weeks running up to it, were too much for Susan who, it is believed, is now being treated at the exclusive Priory retreat.
‘Following Saturday night’s show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained,’ a statement from the television company who produce Britain’s Got Talent read.
‘She has been seen by her private GP who supports her decision to take a few days out for rest and recovery.
‘We offer her our ongoing support and wish her a speedy recovery.’
Piers Morgan, meanwhile, told reporters: ‘I do think it may turn out to be the best thing that happens to her, coming second. I think she has found a lot of it quite hard to deal with and I think the pressure of actually winning and living up to all that expectation would have just carried on the mayhem for her.
‘I’m only sorry that the extraordinary tidal wave of publicity she attracted meant so many people got either bored or irritated by Boyle mania and decided not to vote for her.’
More than 19.2million people tuned in to see the Britain’s Got Talent final, a 72% share of the total Saturday night viewing figures. Not since the World Cup quarter final back in 2006, when England played Portugal, have so many people watched a single programme.