But the house of the multi-millionaire singer is not in some gated community. Famously, it is tucked away in the middle of a uniform housing estate — the likes of which can be found the length and breadth of Scotland.
The house where she lived with her parents. The house is cosy and stuffed full of ornaments, mostly gifted by her fans. Yet over the past year there have been all kinds of rumours: But today, in her first interview in two years, Boyle shows few signs of any of this. A lot of her memories of family life are fond ones. But towards the end of our conversation the mood changes, and I can see she is wrestling with whether to tell me or not, and then she starts to talk.
He showed it to me and he hurt me. All of these things that happened in my life, you have to let go of the bad. This is the first time she has spoken about being physically abused by her father and she quickly becomes agitated. She could have bought a mansion but prefers to be in a three-up two-down.
It was due to his time in the war. I break the silence by asking her what she does with the money she has worked so hard to earn. I love perfume as well — Cartier, Chanel No 5. I used to buy them at duty free. The songs are love songs, classics that have been Boyle-ised. Her vocals are like pulling on a big cashmere robe.
In which case, who is she singing for? I remark that her father looks movie-star handsome: Her family looms large in her life and — Bridie aside — not necessarily for the best reasons. I look around at all her religious artefacts and ask, does she believe in angels? We have a guardian angel with us every day, I know that. She has pink cheeks, giant eyes and soft hair. The hair looks real — those reports of it falling out are clearly ridiculous.
In fact, she looks better than when I saw her last year. I do go to these places but I like to keep busy in the house as well. Is she pleased with it? I had a lot of fun making it. Simon picked the songs. Simon is, of course, Simon Cowell, the music mogul on whose show Boyle was first discovered. But the house of the multi-millionaire singer is not in some gated community - it is tucked away in the middle of a uniform housing estate Speaking about Susan, Simon told Event: I will never forget her first audition.
The fact that she used this opportunity to turn her life around is a reason we make these shows. As with all her albums this is a record which is personal to Susan, and she sounds incredible on it. The papers said she was in tears.
Another ballad cues up. Especially at the time of year when people are looking for something extra-special. Does she have someone romantic in her life? Everyone was going daft looking for me and there I was with this lovely guy. She says they have stayed in touch. She could live anywhere. She could have bought a mansion but she prefers to be in a three-up two-down. It is on the other side of town and has four bedrooms as opposed to two, and the reception rooms are bigger.
The posh house was too big. Here I have all my lovely familiar things around me and it makes me feel secure. In Portugal I like to sunbathe. The best form of communication for me is through music. In a recent incident at Heathrow airport, where she was waiting to fly home to Scotland, she had a loud and heated argument with British Airways staff that ended with her crying and calling out to strangers for help.
She has also been spotted on the streets outside her home screaming and crying in the middle of the night when one of her cats went missing. And although that might be one of the less good sides, there are many great things about my life now.
She is the youngest of nine siblings. Mary [the eldest Boyle] is a better singer than me. Bridie was the glue of the family. She was always there at the end of the phone. I speak to her daughter now. You need to let go of the past, the emotional baggage. One trip involved going to Hollywood for a cameo in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander 2. It was in Rome.
Ben Stiller was very clever and very funny. Did she see it at the Regal? I ask her if she is going to be OK after I go. How did you find me now?