Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle has been invited to sing for President Barack Obama at the White House as part of Independence Day celebrations on July 4, according to her brother.
She is said to be looking forward to the Washington event despite her admission to a Priory clinic suffering from physical and mental exhaustion.
Simon Cowell, producer of the series, has telephoned the spinster at the treatment facility to promise he will support her “unconditionally” whatever she decides to do after losing in the final to dance act Diversity.
Her White House invitation is the second from the Obamas after she was asked to attend a dinner in May but was too busy to attend.
The 48-year-old, who has suffered mild learning difficulties as a result of being deprived of oxygen at birth, has been the subject of concern that she has been exploited by the Britain’s Got Talent series. Early ratings results suggest the final episode on Saturday May 30 was the biggest-rating television programme on any channel since England played in the Euro 2004 football tournament, attracting 17.3 million viewers.
Boyle’s brother John, 59, told the reporters: “Susan has been invited to the celebrations at the White House with the president. So as you can see, her dream is still very much alive. In fact, it's only just starting.
“Susan is exhausted. It's no surprise - she has gone from a small town in West Lothian to being famous around the world.
“She's been battered non-stop for the last seven weeks and it has taken its toll. But she'll be looking forward now to the Fourth of July.”
Despite the invitation there are fears the singer may not appear in public for some time. A spokeswoman for show producers Talkback Thames said it was too early to say whether Boyle would be able to join the live stage tour of the show this month.
Cowell has offered to ignore her contractual obligation to take part in the tour. Susan’s other brother Gerry, 55, said Boyle was already recovering well. He said: "She was exhausted when we spoke on Sunday but she sounds a lot better today, a bit happier and more like herself.