Fame means more than just recognition and wealth to Susan Boyle.
The Scottish superstar told Oprah on her show this week "I finally feel loved", adding: "And that's something I didn't feel when I was younger."
Susan told the chatshow queen how she suffered at the hands of bullies as a child.
"Bullies were burning my clothes with a cigarette and stuff like that and trying to trip me up," said the 49-year-old.
"It wasn't really human. I was being hit around the head, stuff like that.
"There was really repeated name calling. It made me feel as if nobody loved me."
The singer, who performed Crowded House classic Don't Dream It's Over said she had hoped to earn acceptance from her classmates through her singing.
"What you do is you do well in something and you try and gain their respect in some way," she explained.