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Susan Boyle has said she is a "funster who likes a bit of fun" and her quirky personality is certainly visible in every nook and cranny of her childhood home in Bathgate, Scotland, where she has lived in for almost 60 years.
Susan, who turned 61 on April 1, first hit the big time when she came runner-up to dance troupe Diversity in Britain's Got Talent back in 2009, and despite having an estimated net worth of £30 million, she has lived a very modest life ever since.
The only tweak Susan has made is snapping up the property next door to extend make more room in the home she grew up in.
OK! were lucky enough to be welcomed into the I Dreamed A Dream singer's house – a former council property she now owns – and we got the low down on the renovations.
Susan explained that she grew up in a home that holds many cherished memories for her: "It’s to do with the memories of your house and your upbringing, you need to take stock of things and maybe see where you come from and where your roots lie.
"It’s best to be grounded and with your roots. It keeps you grounded and prevents you from saying things maybe you shouldn’t say."
While she took the steps to replace her father's garage that was once crammed full of old cars with a summer house, her desire to remain as grounded as possible means she hasn't splashed out too much.
"I couldn’t do anything too extravagant or over the top because I have got my parents.
She chuckles: "My parents will probably come back and haunt me. It’s good to stay grounded. You get the glamorous side and then you’ve got the more natural side."
Going through Susan's wooden front door, you're immediately greeted with a collection of Jesus Christ ornaments before you arrive at her piano room, crammed full with more religious artefacts as well as heaps of musical memorabilia.
"That’s a giggle for a start because I can’t even do scales! I'm only learning at the moment," Susan laughs of her attempts to tinkle the ivories.
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Dotted around the house you can't miss significant moments from Susan's illustrious career, from a memento of her Comic Relief single with Peter Kay to a framed record to mark one million sales of her albums I Dreamed A Dream and The Gift.
There are also other poignant moments that Susan has on display, including photos and paintings of her late parents and a meeting with the Pope.
She points out her favourite item, a 'dream' trinket: "That’s always my motto to keep to your dreams, follow your dreams."
Elsewhere in the property, there's a very modest kitchen, which Susan reveals she only recently had done. Replacing what she describes as so small "you hadn't room to swing a cat", with a brand new white and grey fit, with space for her kitschy crockery collection.
She also explains, sat on a large grey and checked sofa, that being back home before her upcoming tour gave her time to give her living room a makeover as well, getting new wallpaper, a new carpet fitted and neatly placing her many ornaments of angels, rabbits and cats.
"With me being away all the time you tend to overlook these things," she said.
Susan reflects on her life in her childhood home, taking OK! into her dressing room which was once slept in by her and two of her siblings.
"“There’s a bit of history attached to this house there used to be nine of us in it," she explains.
"Three sisters used to sleep in what is now my dressing room. Bridie, Cathy and myself. Mary had gotten married and left the nest long ago. So when they all left I was left with this room. This used to be my room."
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Now the dressing room is strikingly different, gone is the record player that she used to play The Osmonds on, and the bed and chair she used to have. Instead there's costume jewellery dotted around and a wardrobe crammed full of fancy clothes.
And Susan is more than happy to poke a little fun at herself when it comes to reminiscing over her red carpet past.
She said of being cast into the limelight in her forties that she had to learn from her mistakes, especially the dress she wore for the Britain's Got Talent grand finale.
She adds: "I have a stylist now who helps me!"
And it's not the only backlash she's seen, but the criticism is something she likes to brush off: "It’s a bit like riding a bike you learn to do better. You’ve got to make mistakes to overcome things and I’ve made some amazing mistakes."
Susan says that Britain's Got Talent will always have a special place in her heart and she was "lucky to be picked", hoping that the talent show will stick around for a little longer.
Following her 2009 success, Susan is still singing and made a recent cameo in her favourite soap, River City.
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