Susan Boyle has said she plans to start a family - by becoming a foster mother to Scotland’s children in need.
The singer and former Britain’s Got Talent star told The Sun’s Dan Wootton that her biggest regret in life was never having become a parent, but that she planned to do something about it.
Boyle said that she’d come to accept she was too old to adopt and had given up on that dream, but had thought of another route to motherhood.
The 58-year-old said: “When things quieten down a bit I would like to get into fostering.
“I’m 58 so I’ve got something to bring my family home to. I’ve a lovely house, why not share it?
“I’ve got a couple who think the world of me. I love kids.
"I’ve never had any of my own, that’s my biggest regret, but I love kids. They’re good fun to be with.
“I am happy. I am loving every minute, loving life and bring on the rest.”
When Boyle first took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage, she was open about never having been kissed or had a romantic relationship.
She still describes her love-life as “practically non-existent” but has plenty of love to give children in need of a good start in life.
Despite becoming an international star, she still lives in her home of West Lothian and has spent years working with children’s charities since finding fame.
In 2013, Boyle recorded a charity single for Save the Children, which lead to a proud moment when she was named an ambassador of the charity.
At the time, she said: “I love children and I feel like I’m adopting the kids. I feel like a mammy.”
Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2012, having previously been told she had a learning difficulty after being deprived of oxygen at birth.
She told Wootton: “It wasn’t as serious as I thought and it was a great relief to me to find I was Aspergic.”