International songbird Susan Boyle spoke about the devastating bullying she received as a child to Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday, revealing that she was severely taunted by kids as a child.
Susan told Oprah that the bullies, in addition to calling her names she wouldn’t even repeat, would burn her clothes with a cigarette.
She spoke about the emotional trauma she dealt with. “It made me feel as if nobody loved me, I didn’t really matter. I was just a target.”
Susan laughed as she remembered how she sometimes handled the bullies. “I was hyperactive at school. I used the chase after them!”
She said she just tried to get their respect and admitted even now with her fame and fortune “some of the bullies are still around.”
Oprah had a suggestion for how to pay the bullies back: “Send them a signed autographed CD saying ‘how ya like me now?’”
Susan had a heartwarming statement about how she feels now. “I feel like a princess and I feel loved for the first time in my life.”
She performed a beautiful choral version of the Crowded House song Hey Now Hey Now to the cheering studio audience of Oprah’s show.
Susan’s new book is titled The Woman I Was Born to Be and her new album is The Gift and available in stores on November 9.