Susan Boyle 'hit by panic attack' waiting for plane from Derry
Airport passengers looked on in concern as Scottish singing star Susan Boyle was spotted in a distressed state while pleading "help me" on a mobile phone.
The Britain's Got Talent star was flying home from City of Derry Airport and had to be calmed by staff and taken into a side room, it was reported.
The singer was apparently upset that she would have to travel on her own, it was reported, and her assistant flew out from Glasgow to collect her.
"There was quite a buzz in the airport when people became aware of her presence," a witness told the Sunday People newspaper.
The onlooker added: "To see her running through the airport after she left to board the flight, screaming for help, was the last thing anyone expected to see."
A friend close to the singer said she was feeling vulnerable when she found out her brother had left earlier than planned and that she would have to take the flight on her own.
Her assistant eventually flew out from Glasgow to collect Ms Boyle.
A spokesman for City of Derry Airport said it did not comment on passengers travelling on commercial flights.
The north west area had been abuzz in recent weeks over the visit by the singer known as 'SuBo'.
She turned 55 on April 1 and had a birthday night out in Londonderry, when she posed for photos with excited fans.
Boyle's public behaviour has drawn attention in the past.
In 2012 the singer apparently shouted "I just want to go home" in a Burger King restaurant.
Britain's Got Talent returned to our screens for its 10th season on Saturday evening.
The auditions for the nationwide search for a talented Briton will be televised for six weeks until a winner is chosen.
Boyle competed in Britain's Got Talent in 2009, where she sang I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.
The crowd, who were initially sceptical of her abilities, were blown away by her performance, which has since been viewed more than 167 million times on YouTube.
Boyle was expected to win BGT, but was pipped at the post by the dance group Diversity.
But since coming second she has gone on to be one of the most successful talent show contestants of all-time and is reportedly worth £12m.
Her album I Dreamed A Dream went to No.1 around the world, including in the UK and the US, and became the UK's best-selling debut album of all-time.
She has released six records in total, sold more than 19m albums worldwide and received two Grammy nominations.