Sinead O’Connor posted an alarming note on her Facebook profile today, insinuating that she attempted suicide, which according to previous posts by the Irish singer, stems from not being able to see her children.
Rolling Stone reports that the O’Connor, 48, who is now safe and getting medical attention, wrote that she was not at home, but somewhere in an Ireland hotel and under a fake name, where she had “taken an overdose.” The singer didn’t specify exactly what she took.
“The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I’m at a hotel, somewhere in ireland, under another name.”
O’connor indicated that she’s been in terrible emotional shape since her children were taken away from her, and stated that if not for Facebook and her posts, her family may have never known about what she’s going through.
“Apparently … I’m such a rotten horrible mother and Person, that I’ve been alone. Howling crying for weeks. And been told by them all [to] go f*** myself. I’m invisible. I don’t matter a shred to anyone. No one has come near me. I’ve died a million times already with the pain of it.”
New York Daily News reports that eight years ago, the singer revealed during an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that she’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Later, however, in 2014, O’Connor revealed that three other physicians had since told her she didn’t have it.
The suicide attempt is not the first for the troubled “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer. In another appearance on the The Oprah Winfrey show in 2007, she admitted that she attempted to take her own life in 1999. In 2012, O’Connor revealed on Twitter that she tried to kill herself again.
In 2014, the singer took responsibility for her actions and encouraged her fans and anyone else feeling suicidal to stop and seek help.
“It’s ok to FEEL suicidal. That is most definately neither a sin nor a sign necessarily, of madness. Its quite normal to feel that way sometimes. And its not only ok but MANDATORY u SAY when u feel suicidal and ask for help.. And anyone who criticises u can f–k off so they can for themselves and is only afraid of their own ‘madness.'”
O’Connor recently canceled her entire summer tour as a Regina Folk Fest headlining act. The tour included shows across Canada, Ireland, and Norway. Her manager cited medical problems and exhaustion for the cancellation.
“Sinéad O’Connor apologises profusely to her fans but she cannot travel this summer anymore. She is suffering from exhaustion due to an existing not resolved medical situation and she has been advised by the doctor to stop any activity and rest.”
O’Connor rose to superstardom in 1990 with her hit single, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” from the album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. The singer/songwriter won several MTV awards for her hit song, including the Video of the Year award, Best Female Video award, and Best Post-Modern Video award. She also won a Grammy the following year for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Although the Irish police didn’t mention Sinead O’Connor’s name directly, they confirmed earlier today that the situation is now under control. Suicide.org, a 501c3 non-profit organizations, warns that any threats of suicide should be taken seriously, and to seek out help immediately.
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