For the second time in weeks, the family of pop star Sinead O’Connor found themselves bracing for the worst after the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer allegedly stated that she was going to commit suicide.
A report released by TMZ on Thursday claimed that the Irish-born starlet, 49, had reached out to family members in Dublin to reveal that she was, “on a bridge in Chicago, [ready] to jump.” After reaching out to local authorities in the country, the information was quickly forwarded to the Chicago Police Department to inform them on the situation. An “all-call” notice, which was also posted by TMZ, failed to deliver any sightings of the star, but O’Connor eventually updated her Facebook profile to claim that the matter had been falsified greatly.
“Some stupid b*tch at Swords Garda Station decided she’d like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip about [me],” she stated in the post, while also noting the official name of the Irish police force. “I am far too f**king happy [to end my life]!”
Although her suicide attempt was unsuccessful, or in this case, non-existent, Thursday’s incident eerily mirrors a similar occurrence in mid-May, when O’Connor; whose depression has been well-publicized, went missing after sharing several threatening posts on Facebook. After failing to return home from a planned bike ride, the performer’s loved ones reached out to law officials, who ultimately searched for and found the singer, alive and well, in a Wilmette hotel room. She was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and eventually released.
The past few years have been quite eventful for the musician, but none of those instances have been related to the talent that made her a household name. In late 2013, People shared an open letter that O’Connor penned to Miley Cyrus after the “Wrecking Ball” singer explained that a tearful moment from the song’s controversial video was inspired by the visual for “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Obviously not impressed with the call-out, O’Connor retorted that Cyrus was demeaning herself for the sake of attention and the music industry.
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos,” O’Connor expressed. “It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”
In response, Cyrus would refer to O’Connor as “crazy” during an appearance on Today, which led O’Connor to compiling another open letter — her fourth overall, according to E! Online — where she demanded an apology from Miley for mocking the mental health of a suicidal woman.
O’Connor has also taken aim at both Kim Kardashian, for her salacious Rolling Stone cover from June 2015, and former talk show Arsenio Hall, whom she accused of supplying illegal drugs to Prince in the past. Just days after the “Little Red Corvette” singer’s death in late April, O’Connor; who received her biggest hit thanks to the late star’s songwriting talent, said on Facebook that she had previously reported the former TV mainstay for what she felt was the beginning of Prince’s tragic path.
“Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs over the decades,” she wrote. “Arsenio Hall.”
In turn, Hall filed a $5 million lawsuit against O’Connor for defamation, a move that occurred just days before her May suicide attempt.
According to a music industry source (by way of the Chicago Tribune), O’Connor has been residing in Chicago for the past several months. Although her career never rebounded in America following a controversial 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live, she has been able to maintain an active music career. Her most recent album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, was released in August 2014.
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