Sometimes, when you lose someone close to you, you want some sign that they are there so badly you are willing to believe they’ve come back no matter what. I think this may be the case with Susan Boyle, who lost her mother, and then was catapulted to stardom so quickly. The book Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (edited by James Houran and Rense Lange) suggests that those who lose a close family member find the best way to psychologically deal with the loss is to believe that the person’s spirit is still with them even after death.
Susan’s sadness and loneliness regarding the loss (“I used to think she’d abandoned me when she died. Maybe she was telling me she hadn’t.”) suggests she is just coping the best way she can with the finality of death.
The Scottish star, who became an overnight sensation after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, was devoted to mum Bridget and was devastated at her death, at the age of 91, in 2007.
It was Mrs Boyle who had inspired her daughter to enter the television show and the singer has often spoken of how she wanted to dedicate her success to her mother.
Now she has insisted she sees her ghost in the former council house they shared in Blackburn, West Lothian.
In an interview yesterday, she said: “The council house is my mother’s house. Her energy is still there. It’s my comfort zone. My mother said, ‘look after my house and look after my cat Pebbles’, and that’s what I did.
“I’ve actually seen my mother in the house. She wasn’t troubled. I think she was letting me know she was all right. There was a lovely smell. Perhaps it was her perfume, I’m not sure.”
She added: “I used to think she’d abandoned me when she died. Maybe she was telling me she hadn’t.”
Ms Boyle, 50, has moved back into the former family home she shared with her brothers and sister from a larger new house she had bought nearby after feeling uncomfortable and lonely.
Bridget’s death in 2007 would deeply affect Susan who stopped singing as she was so grief-stricken. Remembering her mother’s faith in her, however, was to push her to have one last go as a singer.