Susan Boyle feels ‘like a princess’ since being embraced around the world following years of bullying.

The international singing sensation and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up spoke about the psychological damage caused by school bullying while appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s US chat show.

She said: “(Bullies were) burning my clothes with a cigarette and stuff like that and trying to trip me up. It wasn’t really human. I was being hit around the head, stuff like that.”

She told Oprah: “(There was) really repeated name calling. It made me feel as if nobody loved me. I really didn’t matter. I was just a target. Once you give bullies that power, they’ve really got a hold on you.”

Susan said she tried to gain respect through singing, saying: “I couldn’t do the fisticuffs because, to be honest, I was an absolute coward.”

The Britain’s Got Talent hopeful turned chart-topper said she now felt like a “princess”, adding: “I feel loved, and that’s something I didn’t feel when I was younger.”