Susan Boyle Hospitalized After 'Talent' Loss
Boyle, 48, had been heavily backed to beat nine other finalists late on Saturday after clips of her first appearance on the show in April were downloaded nearly 200 million times and she was hailed the world over as a superstar.
But according to The Sun newspaper, Boyle suffered an "emotional breakdown" at her hotel in London on Sunday.
A police spokesman confirmed that officers had been called to a London hotel "to doctors attending a woman under the mental health act."
"She was taken voluntarily by ambulance to a clinic. At the request of doctors, police accompanied the ambulance," the spokesman added.
Despite expectations that Boyle would make a fortune from her talent and almost instant fame, there has been concern among show organizers about her ability to cope with pressure.
Boyle, who was starved of oxygen at birth leading to minor brain damage, has been pursued by the world's press since early April and, according to show judge Piers Morgan, broke down in tears repeatedly during the run-up to the final.
Nearly four million people phoned in to choose a winner, and street dance troupe Diversity won 24.9 percent of the vote ahead of Boyle's 20.2 percent.
Diversity won £100,000 and will appear at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.
Boyle's financial future had been seen as secure despite coming second since Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell and his Syco music label were widely expected to sign her up for an album. There has also been talk of a Hollywood movie being made about her story.
Media quoted the TV show's makers as saying Boyle was "exhausted and emotionally drained."
"She has been seen by her private GP, who supports her decision to take a few days out for rest and recovery," the newspaper quoted the statement as saying.
(Reporting by Kate Kelland. Editing by Michael Holden)
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