Susan Boyle lives in mortal fear of being dropped by Simon Cowell's company Syco and her record label Sony it has been revealed.
A reporter for the Guardian Newspaper did an in depth piece that also claims that producers of 'Britain’s Got talent' deliberately target vulnerable contestants, who have had previous mental problems.
The reporter, Carole Cadwalladr, knocked on Susan's front door in Blackburn, Scotland where she lives and met a panicky Susan Boyle and she reports the exchange as follows:
"Do Syco know you're here?" she asks when I tell her who I am. Well, sort of, I say. They've said that I can't interview you, but I just wondered if you'd have a cup of tea with me. Just a five-minute chat. "I can't do anything without their permission," she says and looks slightly panicked.
"I can't say anything without their permission. So sorry. Goodbye now. Goodbye."
A close friend tells the newspaper she is terrified of being dropped by her label "She's terrified of it. She's always saying, 'What if they drop me? What if they decide to drop me?' And I say, 'They're not going to do that, you're earning them so much money.' But she thinks that as quickly as it came, it all might go again."
Susan is said to be haunted by what happened to Leon Jackson, a winner of the “X factor,” another Cowell show, who was dropped by Simon Cowell soon after his success.
Jackson told the newspaper nobody from Simon Cowell's company told him at the time
"It felt like the end of the world at the time. It was pretty devastating. I don't even know if I was dropped … Well, nobody from Syco ever rang me to tell me. I only ever read about in the Sun. That's how I found out."
Susan is said to be still worried about money all the time despite her great wealth."
One of her close friends says "she still worries about the gas bill. I say, 'Susan, you don't have to worry about that now. You've got money!' But you know, I think she's always going to worry about paying her bills. She's had years of worrying about money and I think it's just in her now."
A local barman reports she is still very worried about money "She came in and took this huge pile of money out of her bag and began sorting it into piles on the table. And then picking it up and counting it out, right in front of everybody. I went and rang her friend and told her to get down there quick and pick her up."
Her sister Mary says: "In lots of ways, it's brilliant, it's made her life better. She's proved herself. But we do worry that someone will come along and try to take advantage of her."
The friend says: "She's not stupid, Susan, not at all. She's read books, she studied psychology and sociology, but she's very trusting. She can be taken in by someone. We've all seen it happen.”
"What I wish is that people could see the Susan I know," one of her friends says....Well, she'd walk in here, now, and she'd just crack a really good joke. She's very funny and that just never comes across."
The article suggests that Cowell's producers can deliberately seek out those who are mentally unstable. Alyn James, a 60-year-old retired dentist who was incarcerated in a secure psychiatric cell at one time was booed off the stage of 'Britain's Got Talent' last week.
James says show producers were very interested once they heard he had been in an asylum.
"Oh yes, that was what he was most interested in. We spent an hour and a half on the phone and he made me list all the drugs I've been on. I'm not on any now, but at one point I made Pete Doherty look tame.
"I think they have the best and the worst on and I was there to be the worst. I was like that old man who breakdanced last year. I was invited on to be laughed at and ridiculed.
“But when I look at my face on the video, I'm so sad; I'm right back there, at that time, when I thought my friend had killed herself. All those emotions came right back up again."
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