Brother says SuBo has fame but no fortune, yet


By Michael MacLeod

SUSAN Boyle is still living off a £200 per-week allowance and “hasn’t seen a penny of her fortune” according to her brother.

The singing sensation is thought to be worth millions after her debut album shifted four million copies world-wide in just a month.

But her brother Gerry is urging her to leave her humble council house, fearing thieves are planning a raid when in fact she has “nothing worth stealing.”

His comments came as weekend reports claimed SuBo, 48, had a panic alarm fitted in her home after she found intruders lurking in her garden in the middle of the night.

The humble spinster was curled up in front of the television in her Blackburn, West Lothian, house when she spotted two strangers peering through a back window at 11pm.

They fled into the dark when Susan pulled back the curtains to confront them.

But shy Susan didn’t report the invaders to police, and relatives are worried her global stardom is becoming too big for her to remain in the semi-detached £80,000 home.

Sibling Gerry, 55, who Susan regularly visits by public bus, insisted that robbers will find nothing if they do manage to break in.

“The only thing she would be heartbroken to lose is her cat”

He said: “At present she has not seen a penny of her fortune but knows it will soon be coming her way.

“She is still living off a £200 a week allowance which she uses for food and bills.

“But as for luxuries such as jewellery and flat-screen TVs, there are none.

“The problem is she can’t get her head round the extreme wealth that is coming and the implications for her future.

“People will think because she is about to become very rich she’ll have all kinds of valuables scattered around the house.

“But the truth is there is nothing in there worth stealing. Not a jot.

“The only thing she would be heartbroken to lose is her cat.”

“This can’t go on any longer”

Gerry, an entrepreneur who runs a consultancy business, said his sister casually dropped into conversation that she stopped two raiders getting into the home, which belonged to their late parents.

He said: “I hate to think what might have happened if they had broken into the house when she was on her own.

“They could have had knives on them or anything.

“Susan rang me to tell me she’d had intruders like it was an everyday occurrence.

“She hadn’t mentioned the incident to anyone or even reported it to the police.

“When she casually dropped it into the conversation I was really shocked.

“This can’t go on any longer.

“She now has to realise that living in this small house is no longer suitable and more importantly not safe for her.”

Despite stepped-up security at Susan’s house, worried Gerry says she must move “whether she likes it or not”.


He added: “She is slowly coming around to the fact that her future is elsewhere, whether she likes it or not.

“I think the latest incident may have helped make her mind up.

“She’s told me she will have a budget between £750,000 and £1million but still wants to stay in the area to be near her family.

“I think she has a couple of places in mind but I can’t reveal them.

“She wants a lot of bedrooms so she can invite all her relatives and her new famous friends like Simon Cowell to stay.”

Meanwhile Susan took time out of her hectic schedule to spend Christmas with her other brothers John, 60, James, 58, and their sister Bridie, 67, in her Motherwell home.

James told weekend reports that the Britain’s Got Talent runner-up received slippers and a dressing gown for Christmas.

And after a traditional festival meal, the family sat down and listened to her hit CD, I Dreamed A Dream.

James said: “Listening to it with Susan was just magical.

“We are all so proud of what she has achieved this year.

“But she is very modest and was too embarrassed to sing along with it.

“Susan might be an international superstar but she will always be my little sister.”

Next on SuBo’s whirlwind schedule is a Hogmanay trip to Japan where she will perform on Kohaku Uta Gassen, said to be one of the country’s biggest New Year’s Eve television shows.

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