First boyfriend for singing star Susan Boyle at 53

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Susan Boyle Has Her First Boyfriend

LONDON (AP) -- The magnificent and shy singer Susan Boyle has her first boyfriend at age 53 - a Connecticut doctor she met on her recent U.S. tour who may soon visit her in Scotland.

"That's the plan," Boyle's spokeswoman, Nicola Phillips, said Monday. "She met someone when she was in America and the idea is that he can come here."

Boyle and the doctor met at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Phillips said, adding that Boyle is "definitely" happy to have met someone.

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First boyfriend for singing star Susan Boyle at 53
This June 24, 2014 photo shows Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming US tour in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming US tour, on Tues. June 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming US tour, on Tues. June 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Scottish singer Susan Boyle poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming U.S. tour, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Susan Boyle, perform's ahead of the Champions League qualifying second round soccer match between Celtic and Helsingborgs at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
FILE - In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Susan Boyle performs during her musical 'I Dreamed A Dream' at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, England. Boyle is making her big-screen acting debut in a Christmas-themed British period drama. The Scottish singer appears in "The Christmas Candle," a story of angels and wishes set in an English village in the 1890s. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)
British singer Susan Boyle speaks during a press conference Friday July 8, 2011 in Shanghai, China. Boyle is in Shanghai as a guest for the final rounds of "China's Got Talent." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
British singer Susan Boyle, right, unveils her new wax work figure, at Madame Tussauds, in Blackpool, England, Tuesday April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
Susan Boyle performs on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Singer Susan Boyle from Scotland performs as she makes a guest appearance in a concert of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, April 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Susan Boyle performs on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
FILE - Susan Boyle appears on the NBC "Today" television program in New York in this Nov. 23, 2009 file photo. She has sold millions of records, received an honorary doctorate, sung for Pope Benedict XVI and performed in Las Vegas. A stage musical about her life has played to enthusiastic crowds across Britain and is headed for Australia, and in November 2012 she releases her fourth album, "Standing Ovation." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 24: Susan Boyle performs at Whitney Hall on October 24, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 6: Singer Susan Boyle performs live on 'The Talk,' Monday, October 6, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Batonbearer 025 Susan Boyle carries the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton at Yorkhill Hospital, on July 21, 2014 in Scotland. Scotland is nation 70 of 70 nations and territories the Queen's Baton will visit. (Photo by Chris Radburn/Glasgow 2014 Ltd via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 06: Susan Boyle performs at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on April 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: Susan Boyle performs on her birthday during a date of her first UK tour at De Montfort Hall And Gardens on April 1, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/WireImage)
YORK, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: Susan Boyle performs on stage at York Barbican on March 23, 2014 in York, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil H Kitson/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Susan Boyle attends a photocall to announce a charity single for Save The Children at Sony Music on October 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
British singer Susan Boyle holds a banner with an image of the Virgin Mary as she poses for a photograph in a hotel during her pilgrimage to the city of Lourdes, on May 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LAURENT DARD (Photo credit should read LAURENT DARD/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Susan Boyle attends an album signing at HMV on November 20, 2012 in Glasgow. Dozens of fans queued to get signed copies of her new album titled Standing Ovation. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Susan Boyle performs on stage as special guest to Donny and Marie Osmond at the O2 Arena on January 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - (airs 11.16.12) Actor/comic Jay Mohr is the featured guest co-host of “Guy Day Friday”; actress Sally Field (“Lincoln”); director Oliver Stone (“Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States”); musical guest Susan Boyle; “How Funny are You?” contest concludes with guest judge Mario Cantone. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN BOYLE
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 24: Susan Boyle and the Scottish Military Wives choir launch the Poppy Scotland appeal on October 24, 2012 in Glasgow,Scotland. Susan Boyle joined members of the Scottish military wives choir to launch the 2012 Scottish Poppy Appeal, calling for help to raise vital funds for Scotland’s Armed Forces community during the November campaign. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 17: Entertainer Donny Osmond performs during the Donny & Marie variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas October 17, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 17: Susan Boyle and Donny Osmond walk the red carpet after performing at the Flamingo Theater inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on October 17, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)

The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on TV contest "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. At first she seemed uncomfortable on stage, but she silenced skeptics as soon as she started to sing.

Boyle said at the time she had never been kissed.

The contrast between her timid, occasionally nervous manner and her matchless soaring voice won Boyle millions of fans throughout the world, and she has followed her TV breakthrough with a string of successful record releases. She has received an honorary doctorate, performed for Pope Benedict XVI and wowed audiences in Las Vegas.

But the pressures of performing have sometimes overwhelmed her, and she was treated for nervous exhaustion after her "Britain's Got Talent" run focused national attention on her.

Boyle told The Sun newspaper that the doctor she met in the U.S. was a "perfect gentleman" and that they enjoyed each other's company. She said the relationship was in "early days," but she hopes he will visit her in Scotland.

The singer was diagnosed last year with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and had learning disabilities as a child.

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