When Susan was a baby, her parents were told not to expect much from Susan, the youngest of their nine children. She had been deprived of oxygen at birth, which left her with a slight disability.

Susan says she struggled to fit in throughout her childhood. "I didn't make friends very easily. I couldn't trust anybody, and when I did try to speak to people, they made fun of me," she says. "So the only escape from all that, really, was music."

It was Susan's lifelong dream to be a professional singer, but when her mother died in 2007, she says she lost the will to sing. "The loneliness really set in," she says. "I know that [my mother] meant me to do something with my life, but I didn't know until I applied for the television program."

To the shock of many loyal fans, Susan came in second place on Britain's Got Talent, but that didn't stop her debut album from reaching number one on the charts.

Since its release in November 2009, I Dreamed a Dream has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest female debut of all time! "It's astounding," Susan says. "It's very humbling, as well."


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