Scottish singer Susan Boyle has explained her application for a cashier’s job in her local betting shop as a ‘desire to be normal’. The performer, who shot to global recognition after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent with a rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables, had picked up an application form from a Ladbrokes shop in her West Loathian home town of Blackburn, despite being worth millions from her international record sales.
She explained to the Evening Standard that her working class upbringing had always meant she was worrying about money: “I just went in on the off-chance. It was kind of a desire to be normal. And it was a quiet period. I just got panicky.”
A Ladbrokes spokesperson at the time said: “Every applicant is judged on their merits. She’s applied before and it’s great for us that she’s still dreaming the dream.”