[artist id="3180740"]Susan Boyle[/artist] received an unpleasant shock on Tuesday, when she returned home to find a male intruder in the house. The British tabloid The Sun reported that the intruder was on the stairs of Boyle’s Blackburn, Scotland, home when she came back from London, where she was recording her bits for an all-star Haiti relief single being coordinated by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell .
On Wednesday afternoon (January 27), BBC News reported that the intruder was a 16-year-old teenage boy, who was held and questioned by authorities before being released without charge.
When the unnamed interloper saw the “Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up walk through the door at around 10 p.m., he reportedly turned and ran past her and out of the house.
“She was with a female pal, who was dropping her off,” a friend of Boyle’s told the Sun. “Her pal only expected to be with her for a couple of minutes, but it is just as well she was. Susan is unharmed but is obviously very, very shocked. The guy has seen her come in and bolted out straight past Susan.”
Police confirmed for the paper that they were called to Boyle’s home just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday to follow up on reports of a disturbance. Just last month, Boyle, 48, found two strangers looking through one of her back windows at the home around Christmas time, leading police to install an alarm system for the single singer.
Boyle is part of an all-star group that is recording a cover of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” for Haitian earthquake relief. Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey have reportedly signed on for the project — which The Sun is helping to coordinate — and which will feature vocals from Jon Bon Jovi, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Cheryl Cole, JLS, Take That, Michael Bublé, Westlife, Alexandra Burke, James Morrison, Mika and James Blunt.
[This story was originally published at 10:32 am E.T. on 1.27.2010]