Boyle: 'I was an absolute coward'
Susan Boyle feels "like a princess" since being embraced around the world following years of bullying.
The international singing sensation spoke about the psychological damage caused by school bullying while appearing on Oprah Winfrey's US chat show.
She said: "(Bullies were) burning my clothes with a cigarette and stuff like that and trying to trip me up. It wasn't really human. I was being hit around the head, stuff like that."
She told Oprah: "(There was) really repeated name calling. It made me feel as if nobody loved me. I really didn't matter. I was just a target. Once you give bullies that power, they've really got a hold on you."
Susan said she tried to gain respect through singing, saying: "I couldn't do the fisticuffs because, to be honest, I was an absolute coward."
The Britain's Got Talent hopeful turned chart-topper said she now felt like a "princess", adding: "I feel loved, and that's something I didn't feel when I was younger."