Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was bullied as she grew up and beaten at school because of her learning disabilities.
The 48 year old rose to fame on Simon Cowell's reality show Britain's Got Talent, becoming an instant hit with her classical singing voice and her plain appearance.
Boyle has now opened up about her tough upbringing, admitting teachers weren't trained to cope with her problems.
She says, "I was often left behind at school because of one thing or another. I'm just a wee (small) bit slower at picking things up than other people. So you get left behind in a system that just wants to rush on. That was what I felt was happening to me. And this (singing) feels like a good way of making up for that.
"I don't think the resources were there for me back then at school. Teachers have more specialised training now. There was discipline for the sake of discipline back then and you are looking at someone who would get the belt every day. 'Will you shut up, Susan!' Whack! But the majority of my childhood was quite happy until I started getting bullied. There's nothing worse than another person having power over you by bullying you and you not knowing how to get rid of that thing."