Susan Boyle said her nine-month rise from unknown Scottish spinster into a world famous singer “feels very surreal” in an interview on Monday’s edition of the Today Show.
“I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve become more of a lady … stuff like that,” she told Today‘s Matt Lauer.
Boyle said that one of the cover tracks on her upcoming album, a cover of Madonna‘s 1995 ballad, You’ll See, is dedicated to the teachers that beat her, and bullies that tormented her, during her school days.
“That was a statement I was trying to make, because I was bullied a lot at school,” she said. “You might have bullied me when I was younger, but you can’t do it to me now… cause I’m all grown up.”
Boyle made her first public performance in the United States Monday, taking the stage in New York City’s famed Rockefeller Plaza to perform songs from her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, which is in stores now.