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Subo meltown blamed on Asperger syndrome; Singer explains pre-flight outburst at Heathrow.

Byline: LUCY CHRISTIE reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

SINGER Susan Boyle's outburst at Heathrow airport has been blamed on her Asperger syndrome.

The singer was about to fly to Scotland when she was escorted from the British Airways lounge after arguing with staff.

Fellow flyers said she seemed distressed and was shouting: "I've done nothing wrong."

She has apologised to BA staff and her spokeswoman said yesterday: "The incident at Heathrow occurred because of Susan's well-documented Asperger syndrome.

"It is a lifelong condition and one of the many characteristics is outbursts.

"She continues to enjoy her music career. That is very important to her and brings happiness to her life while trying to balance the challenges that Asperger's brings."

Susan, 55, who shot to fame winning Britain's Got Talent in 2009, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome three years ago.

The spokeswoman said Susan was "absolutely fine" after the outburst in Terminal 5. The star was spoken to by police before she made her way home to Blackburn, West Lothian.

Susan has previously spoken of her relief at having a medical explanation for the "emotional outbursts" and "acute anxiety" that have afflicted her throughout her life. Asperger's is a form of autism which typically means people with the condition struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.

Boyle said in a 2014 interview: "It's a very difficult subject to talk about because you always feel that eyes are on you, and people view you as different.

"I like to see myself as someone with a problem, but one I can solve. It is definitely getting better."

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