By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
The things you learn from British tabloids: Susan Boyle, or SuBo as she is known in the U.K., is looking for a husband.
The Scottish Cinderella singer, who shot to fame in 2009 when she displayed a great set of pipes on Britain's Got Talent, has just finished her first movie, The Christmas Candle, playing a wife. She liked it so much, including the kissing scenes, she says she wants to find her own man now.
Now 52 and still single, Boyle tells all to The Scottish Suntoday, in an interview with a showbiz reporter with the Dickensian nameof Stuart Pink. And he's the real deal: The tabloid even ran a pictureof Boyle with Pink; she's wearing a pink dress.
Boyle goes on the road in Scotland for her first live tour starting Wednesday in Inverness.
"Iwant to find a man but it's hard with all the traveling I do," shetells Pink. "I really want to start going on dates and I've asked myfriends to set me up with a good man - if they can find one. I'd like tosettle down one day."
As usual, Boyle surprised all in her moviedebut. At first she was just supposed to sing on the soundtrack but theproducers asked her to do a cameo. They were so impressed they gave hera major role playing wife to fellow Scot and Braveheart star James Cosmo, which required the two to smooch.
Boyle was hooked. "I have my very first husband," she cooed. "It was my first on-screen kiss. It was lovely. I didn't know about the kissing scene when I signed up, but I wasn't complaining."
But she is annoyed with the headline moniker SuBo. "It makes me sound like a Brazilian footballer," she sniffed.
Boyle'sstory should itself be a movie (it's already been the subject of astage musical in Britain). A shy eccentric with a learning disability,raised in a working-class family in West Lothian, Scotland, she spentmost of her mid-life years caring for her ailing mother.
After her mother died, she took her encouragement and entered the Talent competition, warbling I Dreamed a Dream for her audition and astonishing millions, including Talent maestro Simon Cowell. The video went viral, she became a global sensation.
She's since sold19 million records, topped the charts in dozens of countries and mademillions. She's hugely popular in the U.K. (thus the tabloid interest)but she still wants to find love.