Susan Boyle Addresses Ricky Gervais 'Mong' Controversy

05/03/2012 07:17 | Updated 05 March 2012

Susan Boyle has shown off her fighting side in a new interview by slamming Ricky Gervais for calling her a "mong" in his comedy show.

The Office creator hit the headlines in 2010 when he mentioned the derogatory term in a joke about the Britain's Got Talent star during a stand-up performance.

Susan remained silent about the drama, even after complaints were made to Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, but she has now spoken out about the furore, insisting Ricky's insensitive joke will have lost him fans.

Bosses at Channel 4 were cleared of breaching broadcasting regulations after Ofcom officials ruled the programme was shown after the 9pm watershed and that Gervais' routine, which discussed the nature of language, justified his use of the word.

Susan, who was targeted by vicious bullies in her childhood, now just wants to move on from the incident.

During the interview, the singer also updated fans about the progress of new musical I Dreamed A Dream, which is based on her rags-to-riches life story.

The singer admits the scene in which her parents, Patrick and Bridget, learn their new-born baby has been deprived of oxygen is quite emotional for her.

"All the doctor told my mum was what I wouldn't be able to do, not what I could do. But my dad said, 'All that child needs is love - and we've got plenty of that.' It makes me cry just thinking about it, never mind seeing it on stage every night.



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