2010 best year ever for Susan Boyle

London, Dec 26 (IANS) If 2009 made her a star, Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle says 2010 is the year she came of age. What could be termed a fairytale rise to fame, in 2010, "Britain's Got Talent" winner Boyle met the Pope, smashed world records for music sales, performed to millions around the world and even got a cherished diamond bracelet from ­music moghul Simon Cowell, reports mirror.co.uk. "It's been an absolutely fantastic 12 months. The year 2009 had been the best of my life and I never thought it possible to top it - but 2010 did just that," said the 49-year-old. "This past year has been my growing-up time. I know there's still a long way to go in my journey but I hope to prove to people that dreams don't have an expiry date," she added. Not bad for a woman who, just 18 months ago, was living in a council house in ­Blackburn, West Lothian, with her cat ­Pebbles.