Where, Oh Where, Has SuBo’s money gone?
Scottish spinster-turned-talent show sensation Susan Boyle is reportedly living on just $600 a week — despite recording one of 2009’s best-selling albums — after being denied access to her huge fortune.
At least that’s the word from Susan’s brother.
The singing sensation sold over 8.5 million copies of her debut LP I Dreamed A Dream and is believed to have earned close to $20 million in royalties after finding fame on Britain’s Got Talent in the Spring of 2009. Nonetheless, Boyle is “distressed” after being banned by her management team — which includes Susan’s lawyer niece Kirsty Foy — from withdrawing her own money from the bank or owning a credit card, says Susan’s concerned older brother Gerry Boyle.
In fact, Susan’s financial situation is so bad, she can’t even move into her new home in an upscale section of Blackburn, West Lothian, because she can’t afford to buy furniture.
“Susan said to me, ‘I’ve been told I get $600 a week because I’m a novice. I don’t have the money to go and buy the furniture.’ The should be able to walk into a bank anywhere and say she wants $100,000 cash. That may not be advisable, but it would be her choice because it’s her money,” Gerry told Britain’s News of the World this weekend.
Susan’s family is now appealing Susan’s mentor Simon Cowell and executives at her SyCo recording label to come to the aid of the shy singing star:
“Susan’s under the impression that her management can take her career away. Obviously that’s not the case. But I’ve asked for someone Susan trusts at SyCo – even Simon himself – to simply confirm she will not lose her contract. She should be riding high, developing her career, travelling the world. She shouldn’t be worried about money when she has millions in the bank.”