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Boyle admitted to London clinic

SCOTTISH singer Susan Boyle was suffering from exhaustion after taking second place in a TV talent competition that turned the humble church volunteer into an Internet sensation and global star, the show's producers said yesterday.

Boyle was admitted to London's Priory Clinic on Sunday, the day after she finished behind a male dance group on the "Britain's Got Talent" television show.

"Nobody has had to put up with the kind of attention Susan has had. Nobody could have predicted it," one of the show's judges, Piers Morgan, said. "It has been crazy, she has gone from anonymity to being the most downloaded woman in history."

Boyle was favorite to win the final - watched by more than 19 million people - after a clip from her first appearance became the fifth most-watched in YouTube history, viewed more than 220 million times.

On Oprah Winfrey's television show, the singer had said she was "loving every second" of her unexpected stardom.

But much of the media storm surrounding her debut was laced with snide commentary about her looks, her social awkwardness and her remark that she had never been kissed.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, was scathing about the media pressure, saying there were "elements of a press who like nothing better than to build people up and then drag them down."

By Friday, the pressure appeared to be building on the singer, who reportedly went into seclusion after exploding at journalists from Britain's aggressive tabloids.

Television company TalkbackThames said Boyle was "exhausted and emotionally drained" and was taking a few days off.

Police would not confirm a report that Boyle was admitted to a clinic, but said doctors were called to assist a woman under the Mental Health Act, and the woman went voluntarily to a clinic.

During the show's final on Saturday, Boyle had looked tense and uncomfortable after her performances. When Diversity was announced as the winner, she looked relieved and relaxed.


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