She Lost Her Parents Before Britain’s Got Talent
Boyle never officially told her parents that she wanted to become a singer for a living. Her father supported her singing but passed away in 1999. As her mother Bridget aged, Boyle stayed home as her caretaker. In 2007, Bridget passed away at the age of 91.
With nothing else to lose, Boyle garnered the courage to audition for Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She told The Guardian, “I felt a part of me had died with [my mother]…. I so wanted to make her proud, so I found the strength to apply for Britain’s Got Talent and I truly believe that she was the angel on my shoulder that day.”