LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- British singer Susan Boyle said a doctor diagnosed her with Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism.
The singer told Britain's the Observer people have often misunderstood her to have brain damage or some other complication that makes appear to be a slow learner.
"It's been something else," she said, adding that the Scottish specialist she saw said she has an above-average IQ.
"I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me," Boyle said. "I have Asperger's."
Asperger's mostly affects a sufferer's ability to have social interaction and their communication skills.
Boyle said it was "a relief" to finally learn of the diagnosis and put a name to her difficulties.
"Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do," she said.