Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle has taken up boxing to relax as she is under immense pressure ahead of the release of her debut album next month.
Boyle was taken to the boxing gym in her hometown of Blackburn, Scotland, where she found the brutal contact sport helped her unwind, Sun online reported.
"Susan has been pretty stressed out by the whole worldwide fame thing and needed to get her head straight. Friends took her to a boxing gym and loved it. She put on the gloves and the boots and did some working out on a punch bag. She is a boxing fan, but had never tried it before," a friend of the Scottish singer said.
"One of her favourite songs is 'Eye Of The Tiger' from the 'Rocky' movies."
The 48-year-old Scottish singer shot to fame after her audition for the TV talent show became a worldwide hit on video sharing website YouTube.
She sang a perfect rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' from musical Les Miserables in the clip.
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher posted a link to the rendition of Twitter, and wrote: "This just made my night."
In response, his wife actress Demi Moore wrote, "You saw it made me teary!"
Although Boyle eventually finished runner up on 'Britain's Got Talent', her debut album, 'I Dreamed A Dream' is touted to be number one across the world.