Despite multiple reports that "Britain's Got Talent" insta-star Susan Boyle suffered a mental breakdown following her second-place finish on the talent show, judge Piers Morgan told "Extra" on Monday that the singer was simply drained from the intense pressure.
"I spoke to Susan yesterday. I don't think it's a breakdown," Morgan told the TV show. "This is somebody who is absolutely exhausted. Emotionally, physically, mentally. ... Susan will be fine. She's just very tired. Susan is completely and utterly exhausted. I think she's found this whole roller-coaster ride of the last seven weeks overwhelming ... and she's gone somewhere now that she can find the peace and the quiet to get some sleep, to eat properly and get over what has been an astonishing time in her life."
Boyle was reported to be struggling with the crush of attention leading up to the finale last week, when stories emerged of an expletive-filled confrontation with two reporters in the lobby of a London hotel. The 48-year-old Scottish singer, plucked from a life of obscurity six weeks ago thanks to her stirring rendition of the "Les Misérables" song "I Dreamed a Dream," reportedly was admitted to a mental-health clinic on Sunday following what was described as an "emotional breakdown."
Despite being tipped to win the contest, Boyle lost out to dance crew Diversity, and Morgan said the second-place finish was likely a byproduct of the out-of-control SuBo hype England (and the world) has been immersed in for the past month. "They just got a bit bored, a bit irritated by the whole mania surrounding Susan," Morgan said.
The limelight-loving judge, who has been an avid supporter of Boyle, suggested a second-place finish was probably the preferred outcome for the famously "never been kissed" singer. "Personally, I would have loved Susan to win, but I have to say having seen the way she's been overwhelmed by the fame," he said, "it may be the best thing to happen to her for her to come in second and be removed from the immediate limelight that the winner gets exposed to and can just chill out and get better soon."
Morgan — who, like fellow judge Simon Cowell, has been involved with some big-name talent and major television phenomena in the past — also told "Access Hollywood" that neither man could "remember quite the phenomenon that this year's 'Britain's Got Talent' has been."
On Tuesday (June 2), one of Cowell's agents told The Associated Press that Boyle — whose performances have been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube — was recovering from what was termed an anxiety attack and that Cowell wants to help her launch her career. "They are saying they weren't surprised by what happened, due to the speed of everything that happened, with her getting worldwide fame in seconds," Max Clifford said of the reaction of Boyle's two brothers. "Provided she's given a few days and then allowed to be as normal as possible, she should be fine. All she wants to do is sing."
Assuming Boyle is able to regain her equilibrium, Clifford said a solid career is in the offing. "She's going to have potentially huge album sales, particularly in America. Americans absolutely love her," he said. "Everyone wants her on their show singing. That gives her massive potential, and Simon will make sure she has the best songs and the best productions."
Boyle's brothers said their sibling is interested in continuing her singing career, but it's unclear if she will be well enough to join the 17-show "Britain's Got Talent" tour that is slated to begin June 12.