In less than a week, it seems every detail of overnight singing sensation Susan Boyle’s life has been trumpeted by the media with just as much volume as her powerful voice. But there’s one detail she’s not quite willing to part with: her formerly nonexistent love life.
As most of the world now knows, Boyle drew guffaws and catcalls when she took the stage for her “Britain’s Got Talent” audition and confessed that at age 47, she had never even been on a date, much less been kissed.
But since her sensational performance, the British press is reporting, she’s been flooded with offers from men mesmerized by her exquisite pipes. So what about it, TODAY’s Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer asked her Friday: Does Boyle have a boyfriend?
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Boyle smiled broadly, laughed with gusto, and blushed.
“No comment,” she chortled. “No comment.”
A surprise from Down Under
Boyle spoke with the show’s co-anchors from her humble cottage in Blackburn, Scotland. After a bit of chat, TODAY surprised Boyle by putting her on the air with fellow singer Paul Potts, who was in Australia.
Two years ago, Potts was where Boyle is today. He was an unassuming and shy mobile phone salesman who wowed Simon Cowell and the show’s other judges with his operatic singing. Today, he’s a millionaire superstar who’s sold out concert halls around the globe and is putting out his second album.
Potts gave a rousing endorsement to Boyle’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables” last Saturday. By Friday morning, she had racked up more than 20 million clicks on YouTube.
“I think it was an incredible performance,” Potts told Boyle and TODAY’s Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer from Australia, where he is the featured performer on “Australia’s Got Talent.” The woman who has gone from utter obscurity to international fame literally overnight smiled as she listened to Potts’ praise.
“I really do wish her well. I think she’s got real potential,” Potts went on.
But, Vieira asked, did Potts think Boyle could win the competition, as he did in 2007?
“I definitely think she stands a great chance,” Potts said.
‘You have to keep going’
Boyle did not seem fazed by the frenzied hordes of reporters and cameras that have enveloped her since she left Cowell and his fellow judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden gaping in delighted disbelief.
Vieira asked her where she found the courage to go ahead with her performance after being greeted by snickers and catcalls when she came on the stage for her public audition and confessed that she’s unemployed, lives alone with her cat and has never had a date or been kissed.
“It must have been in there somewhere,” Boyle said. “I just had the ability to keep going. You have to keep going.”
After she sang the first few notes, the sneers turned to wild applause. Lauer asked what her reaction was to that.
“It was really amazing. I was taken aback,” she said. But she was there to sing, and sing she did. “Again, you keep going and finish the song,” Boyle added.
Her video on YouTube had attracted more than 20 million hits by Friday morning. There are reports that Cowell is already talking a record deal. English bookies have declared her the favorite to win the entire competition. And, newspapers are writing, the humble woman who had a learning disability and was mocked since she was a child is an instant superstar.
“It’s a huge impact on my life. It’s like a roller coaster,” Boyle confessed.
Holden, the “Britain’s Got Talent” judge, told NBC News that the show’s producers have decided not to try to give Boyle a makeover as the show moves from the audition phase to the eliminations.
“I think we’ll keep her as she is right now so she doesn’t have the added pressure of worrying about what she looks like,” Holden said.
Potts said that he and Boyle prove that “the unexpected can come at any time. I’d like to say how well I think Susan is managing how her life over the last couple of days, bearing in mind it’s another six weeks before we get to the live stages. I think she’s handled herself incredibly well.”
He also offered Boyle some advice about what’s yet to come.
“She may well find herself going to places she’s never been to. I’m here in Australia. I find myself going to places I never dreamed of going,” he said. “Susan should try to take each day as it comes.”