Britain’s Got Talent Star Susan Boyle Calls Fame a ‘Demolition Ball’ in Today Show Interview

Scottish-born singer Susan Boyle was rocketed into stardom after wowing judges and audience alike on “Britain’s Got Talent,” but sudden fame isn’t always the easiest thing to deal with – no matter how long you’ve wanted it. In a video interview Wednesday on the “Today Show,” Boyle told NBC News’ Meredith Vieira that fame hit her “like a giant demolition ball.” An extended interview with Boyle will be featured in a special edition of “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night.

Boyle, who has undergone a glam makeover from her initial appearance on last season’s “Britain’s Got Talent,” told Vieira that anyone faced with sudden stardom probably “finds it really hard to get a head around it.”

Susan Boyle became an international sensation overnight after her first appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” blowing the judges away with a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. Almost instantly, her previously mundane life became a tabloid sensation and paparazzi were camped at her doorstep night and day.

Videos of Boyle’s performances nabbed over 100 million views on the Internet within weeks of her audition on the show. Although Boyle only ended up taking second place on “Britain’s Got Talent,” by that point the prize hardly mattered. She was already a bona fide celebrity.

The massive public interest in her life ended up being more than Boyle could handle initially. After the show ended, she checked herself into a clinic for a few days – sparking rumors about her mental condition. Boyle told Meredith Vieira in her “Today Show” interview that it “was pretty much necessary at the time. I needed a rest, just to get away.”

Now, however, Boyle is ready to eat up whatever her newfound fame serves up. Finally, she has realized her dream of being a famous singer and she has no desire to go back to obscurity. “I don’t want it to end,” Boyle told Vieira. “It’s just incredible.”

Boyle is currently recording her debut album, tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

Matt Lauer’s Divorce Trips Up Meredith Viera “Today”

Woops! It may get a little UN-COMFORTABLE after the Today Show ends this morning! While introducing an upcoming segment about the right age to get married, Meredith Vieira bumbled into the dicey subject of co-host Matt Lauer’s not-so-great marital history.

After relaying that she’d gotten married in her 30s, Meredith turned to Matt and asked when he had gotten married. Er. There was an embarrassed and embarrassing pause from Matt, whose first marriage ended in divorce and whose second wife filed for divorce before withdrawing the suit. Here’s how the dialog went!
MATT LAUER: Then we’re going to talk about marriage. What is the right age to get married?
MEREDITH VIEIRA: I don’t know. I got married in my 30s. When did you get married?
MATT LAUER: Ah . . .

Someone off camera can be heard yelling “nice!”

MEREDITH VIEIRA: Anyway, I’m sorry. Oh geez.
MATT LAUER: The average age — let’s just start this show over. On average in this country women get married at 26, men at 28. Those are the averages. But how does your age impact your choice of a mate, and your chances for living happily ever after? Probably a more important question. We’ll get into that later.
MEREDITH VIEIRA: I don’t think I’m going to be one of those that lives happily ever after, after this show!

Fortunately for Meredith, Matt seemed to be taking her fumble like a good sport. Still, it was must-see TV!