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SuBo, we hardly knew ye! Susan Boyle, YouTube phenomenon after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, might have started out frumpy, but this singer is turning into a Scottish swan, as seen on the pages of September’s Harper’s Bazaar.

Susan has had to take some time to get used to the worldwide attention she’s receiving now.

“As a kid, I was in my own wee world when I listened to records in my bedroom,” she reveals in the magazine. “I didn’t mix with other kids much. I was frightened of people because of their reactions toward me.”

“It’s complicated,” she adds. “But the best way I could express myself was in the bedroom, singing along and imagining I was entertaining people.”

After she blew audiences away on BGT, word traveled fast about the then gray-haired phenom, something Susan is quite humble about.

“YouTube? What’s that? A tube of candy? I don’t think so!” she laughs. “That was a shock. The YouTube thing was like a demolition ball. It was just overwhelming-to find TV stations camped outside your door and the phone ringing 24 hours a day. It was good. But overwhelming. It was too big for anyone to handle.”