Wee wifey: Susan Boyle says she copes with the chaos of fame by keeping her feet on the ground

Down-to-earth Scottish songstress Susan Boyle still thinks of herself as the "wee wifey with the mop and cat next door.

"I am just that wifey," she says. "My story is what you see is what you get. There's no airs and graces with me.''

Susan admits her overnight success played havoc with her life.

"I went from being an unknown, nobody bothering me on the streets to all these headlines with things like 'the hairy angel'. The pressure of that I found a bit suffocating as anyone would because it all happened in such a short space of time,'' she said.

Susan says she couldn't understand the scale of her success until days after that unforgettable debut on "Britain's Got Talent," when her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," rocked the world.
The clip was loaded onto YouTube, where it has since been viewed more than 80 million times.

"I didn't know what YouTube was until I was in the record offices and saw the clip and the number of hits and thought, 'Oh my God.' I'm still trying to come to terms with it,'' she said.

She says it was surreal to wake up one morning and find the world's media on her doorstep.

"The fans have been amazing and the mail I have received, phenomenal. I have been sent beautiful gifts including books, toiletries and a vintage dress from the 1950's that had been in a family for generations and they wanted me to have it. It's indescribable that someone would want me to have something so precious. Everyone has shown me such kindness and support. I've even had offers of dates,'' she said.