Simon Cowell Speaks on Susan Boyle Regret, Future

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In light of Susan Boyle's occasional breakdowns over the last few weeks, many have questioned the handing of the former Britain's Got Talent finalist.

Among the critics? Simon Cowell, who penned an editorial this week in UK's Daily Mail. In the excerpts from it below, the judge summarizes his own regrets and his own reactions to the Scottish singer...

On the handling of Boyle: I'm the first to hold my hands up and admit I've made mistakes. Looking back on it all, it has become clear to me that we didn't handle the situation with Susan as well as we could have.

On original impressions: She seemed fine with all the attention - I thought she was utterly charming and really thrilled about what happened. I thought, perhaps naively, that she was in control... I thought whatever happens, we have changed this lady's life.

On seeing Boyle's reaction to her Britain's Got Talent loss: I looked over at her face and thought: 'Christ, she doesn't know how to deal with not winning.' It was a bad moment. Afterwards, I went over and gave her a hug and tried to reassure her... we agreed that we would work together; that it wasn't the end of the road for her.

On not changing the show's format around: There is no easy way of achieving fame, and no guaranteed or trusted way of dealing with it. Who has the right to ban Susan Boyle, or anyone like her, from trying to sing her way out of one life and into another?... There have been problems, but I think overall it is a positive experience for her. I'm glad we gave her this opportunity.

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