Sinéad O’Connor – Wikipedia

irish singer
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musical artist

Shuhada Sadaqat [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] ( born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor on 8 December 1966 [ 1 ] [ 5 ] ) is an irish singer-songwriter. Her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, released in 1987, charted internationally and her single “ Nothing Compares 2 U “, released in 1990, was named the numeral one populace single by the Billboard Music Awards. [ 6 ] Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partially ascribable to her statements and gestures. These include her ordination as a priest, despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic backdrop, and powerfully expressing views on organize religion, women ‘s rights, war, and child pervert. In addition to her ten solo albums, her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists, and appearances at charity fundraising concerts. In 2017, O’Connor changed her appoint to Magda Davitt. After converting to Islam in 2018, she changed it to Shuhada Sadaqat. [ 1 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] however, she continues to record and perform under her birth name. [ 5 ]

early life

O’Connor was born in Glenageary, County Dublin on 8 December 1966. She was named Sinéad after Sinéad de Valera, the wife of Irish President Éamon de Valera, Marie after the mother of the repair preside over the delivery, and Bernadette in award of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. [ 7 ] She is the third of five children ; her siblings are novelist Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin. Her parents are Sean O’Connor, a geomorphologic mastermind late turned barrister and president of the Divorce Action Group, and Marie O’Connor. In 1979 O’Connor left her mother and went to live with her father and his raw wife. At the age of 15, her shoplift and truancy led to her being placed for eighteen months in a Magdalene mental hospital, [ 8 ] the Grianán Training Centre run by the decree of Our dame of Charity. In some ways, she thrived there, specially in the development of her write and music, but she besides chafed under the inflict conformity. indocile students there were sometimes sent to sleep in the adjoining breastfeed home, an know of which she former commented, “ I have never—and credibly will never—experience such panic and terror and agony over anything. ” [ 9 ] O’Connor ‘s mother Marie died in an automobile accident in 1986, when O’Connor was nineteen. [ 10 ] In June 1993, O’Connor wrote a public letter in The Irish Times which asked people to “ stop hurt ” her : “ If alone I can fight off the voices of my parents / and gather a common sense of self-esteem / then I ‘ll be able to REALLY sing … ” The letter repeated accusations of mistreat by her parents as a child which O’Connor had made in interviews. Her buddy Joseph defended their founder to the newspaper but agreed regarding their mother ‘s “ extreme and violent pervert, both aroused and physical ”. O’Connor said that month, “ Our family is very messed up. We ca n’t communicate with each early. We are all in agony. I for one am in agony. ” [ 11 ]

musical career


One of the volunteers at Grianán was the sister of Paul Byrne, drummer for the band In Tua Nua, who heard O’Connor singing “ evergreen “ by Barbra Streisand. She recorded a song with them called “ Take My Hand ” but they felt that at 15, she was besides young to join the band. [ 12 ] Through an ad she placed in Hot Press in mid-1984, she met Colm Farrelly. in concert they recruited a few other members and formed a ring called Ton Ton Macoute. [ 7 ] The band moved to Waterford concisely while O’Connor attended Newtown School, but she soon dropped out of educate and followed them to Dublin, where their performances received positive reviews. Their sound was inspired by Farrelly ‘s interest in populace music, though most observers thought O’Connor ‘s sing and stage presence were the band ‘s strongest features. [ 7 ] [ 13 ] O’Connor ‘s time as singer for Ton Ton Macoute brought her to the attention of the music industry, and she was finally signed by Ensign Records. She besides acquired an experience director, Fachtna O’Ceallaigh, former headway of U2 ‘s Mother Records. soon after she was signed, she embarked on her beginning major assignment, providing the vocals for the song “ Heroine ”, which she co-wrote with U2 ‘s guitarist The Edge for the soundtrack to the movie Captive. O’Ceallaigh, who had been fired by U2 for complaining about them in an consultation, was outspoken with his views on music and politics, and O’Connor adopted the same habits ; she defended the actions of the Provisional IRA and said U2 ‘s music was “ bombastic ”. [ 1 ] She later retracted her IRA comments saying they were based on nonsense, and that she was “ excessively young to understand the tense position in Northern Ireland by rights ”. Her first album The Lion and the Cobra was “ a sensation ” when it was released in 1987 on Chrysalis Records, [ 15 ] and it reached gold record status, earning a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy nominating speech. The single “ Mandinka “ was a big college radio hit in the United States, and “ I Want Your ( Hands on Me ) ” received both college and urban play in a remixed imprint that featured rapper MC Lyte. In her inaugural US network television appearance, O’Connor sang “ Mandinka ” on Late Night with David Letterman in 1988. [ 16 ] The single “ Troy “ was besides released as a single in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands, where it reached number 5 on the Dutch Top 40 graph. [ 17 ] O’Connor named Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Pretenders as the artists who influenced her on her debut album. [ 18 ] In 1989 O’Connor joined The The frontman Matt Johnson as a guest singer on the ring ‘s album Mind Bomb, which spawned the duet “ Kingdom of Rain ” .


Her second album – 1990 ‘s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – gained considerable attention and by and large positive reviews : it was rated “ second best album of the year ” by the NME. [ 19 ] She was praised for her voice and her original songs. She was besides noted for her appearance : her trademark shaved head, frequently angry saying, and sometimes shapeless or strange clothing. The album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got featured Marco Pirroni and Kevin Mooney, of Adam and the Ants fame, and contained her international discovery hit “ nothing Compares 2 U “, a sung written by Prince and primitively recorded and released by a side project of his, The Family .

I do n’t do anything in order to cause trouble. It just sol happens that what I do naturally causes trouble. I ‘m proud to be a troublemaker .

NME, March 1991 [ 20 ]
Hank Shocklee, producer for Public Enemy, remixed the album ‘s following unmarried, “ The Emperor ‘s New Clothes ”, for a 12-inch that was coupled with the Celtic funk of “ I Am Stretched on Your Grave ”. Pre-dating but included on I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got was besides “ Jump in the River ”, which originally appeared on the Married to the Mob soundtrack ; the 12-inch version of the single had included a remix featuring performance artist Karen Finley. besides in 1990, O’Connor starred in a small independent irish movie Hush-a-Bye Baby directed in Derry by Margo Harkin. [ 21 ] In 1990, she joined many other guests for erstwhile Pink Floyd member Roger Waters ‘ massive operation of The Wall in Berlin. ( In 1996, she would guest on Broken China, a alone album by Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. ) In 1991, her fill on Elton John ‘s “ Sacrifice “ was acclaimed as one of the best efforts on the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin. In 1990, she contributed a report of “ You Do Something to Me “ to the Cole Porter tribute/AIDS fundraising album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization. Red Hot + Blue was followed by the free of Am I Not Your Girl?, an album of standards and blowtorch songs that she had listened to while growing up. The album received mixed-to-poor reviews, and was a commercial disappointment in light of the success of her previous knead. besides in 1990, she was criticised after she stated that she would not perform if the United States national hymn was played before one of her concerts. Frank Sinatra threatened to “ kick her in the ass ”. [ 22 ] After receiving four Grammy Award nominations, she withdrew her name from consideration. [ 1 ] Although nominated for the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist ( which she won ) she did not attend the awards ceremony, but did accept the irish IRMA in February 1991. [ 23 ] She spent the following months studying Bel canto singing with teacher Frank Merriman at the Parnell School of Music. In an interview with The Guardian published 3 May 1993 she reported that her scorch lessons with Merriman were the merely therapy she was receiving, describing Merriman as “ the most amazing teacher in the universe. ” [ 24 ] besides in 1992, she contributed backing vocals on the traverse “ Come talk To Me ”, and shared vocals on the one “ Blood of Eden “ from the studio album Us by Peter Gabriel. The 1993 soundtrack to the movie In the Name of the Father featured “ You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart “, with significant contributions from U2 frontman Bono. The more conventional Universal Mother ( 1994 ) did not succeed in restoring her mass invoke ; however the music television for the first and moment singles, “ fire on Babylon “ and “ Famine ”, were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] She toured with Lollapalooza in 1995, but dropped out when she became meaning. The Gospel Oak EP followed in 1997, and featured songs based in an acoustic set. In 1994, she appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, besides known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey of The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. A candle and a VHS video recording of the concert were issued in 1994, followed by a DVD in 1998. She appeared in Neil Jordan ‘s The Butcher Boy in 1997, playing the Virgin Mary. [ 27 ] In 1998, she worked again with the Red Hot Organization to co-produce and perform on Red Hot + Rhapsody .


Sinéad O’Connor in Poznań in 2007 Faith and Courage was released in 2000, including the one “ No Man ‘s Woman ”, and featured contributions from Wyclef Jean of the Fugees and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. Her 2002 album, Sean-Nós Nua, marked a passing in that O’Connor interpreted or, in her own words, “ sexed up ” traditional Irish tribe songs, including respective in the irish language. [ 28 ] In Sean-Nós Nua, she covered a well-known canadian tribe song, “ Peggy Gordon “, interpreted as a song of lesbian, rather than heterosexual, love. In her documentary, Song of Hearts Desire, she stated that her inhalation for the birdcall was her ally, a lesbian who sang the song to lament the loss of her collaborator. In 2003, she contributed a track to the Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I’m a Woman, a cover charge of Parton ‘s “ Dagger Through the Heart ”. That same year, she besides featured on three songs of Massive Attack ‘s album 100th Window before releasing her double album, She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty. This compilation contained one disk of demonstration and previously unreleased tracks and one disk of a live concert record. directly after the album ‘s let go of, O’Connor announced that she was retiring from music. [ 29 ] Collaborations, a compilation album of guest appearances, was released in 2005—featuring tracks recorded with Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Jah Wobble, Terry Hall, Moby, Bomb The Bass, The Edge, U2, and The The. ultimately, after a brief menstruation of inactiveness and a bout with fibromyalgia, her retirement proved to be ephemeral. O’Connor stated in an interview with Harp magazine that she had only intended to retire from making mainstream pop/rock music, and after dealing with her fibromyalgia she chose to move into early melodious styles. [ 30 ] The reggae album Throw Down Your Arms appeared in former 2005. On 8 November 2006, O’Connor performed seven songs from her approaching album Theology at The Sugar Club in Dublin. thirty fans were given the opportunity to win pairs of tickets to attend along with music industry critics. [ 31 ] The performance was released in 2008 as Live at the Sugar Club deluxe CD/DVD package sold entirely on her web site. O’Connor released two songs from her album Theology to download for free from her official web site : “ If You Had a Vineyard ” and “ Jeremiah ( Something Beautiful ) ”. The album, a solicitation of brood and master Rastafari spiritual songs, was released in June 2007. The first individual from the album, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber classical “ I Do n’t Know How to Love Him “, was released on 30 April 2007. [ 32 ] To promote the album, O’Connor toured extensively in Europe and North America. She besides appeared on two tracks of the fresh Ian Brown album The World Is Yours, including the anti-war single “ illegal Attacks “. [ 33 ]


In January 2010, O’Connor performed a duet with R & B singer Mary J. Blige produced by erstwhile A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad of O’Connor ‘s song “ This Is To Mother You ” ( first recorded by O’Connor on her 1997 Gospel Oak EP ). The proceeds of the song ‘s sales were donated to the organization GEMS ( Girls Educational and Mentoring Services ). [ 34 ] In 2012 the song “ Lay Your Head Down ”, written by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close for the soundtrack of the film Albert Nobbs and performed by O’Connor, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song .
o’connor at “ The Music in My Head ” on 13 June 2008 in The Hague In 2011, O’Connor worked on recording a new album, titled Home, to be released in the beginning of 2012, [ 35 ] titled How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?, [ 36 ] [ 37 ] with the first gear unmarried being “ The Wolf is Getting Married ”. She planned an across-the-board tour in documentation of the album but suffered a serious breakdown between December 2011 and March 2012, [ 38 ] resulting in the tour and all other musical activities for the rest of 2012 being cancelled. O’Connor resumed touring in 2013 with The Crazy Baldhead Tour. The second individual “ 4th and Vine ” was released on 18 February 2013. [ 39 ] In February 2014, it was revealed that O’Connor had been recording a newly album of original material, titled The Vishnu Room, consisting of quixotic love songs. [ 40 ] In early June 2014, it O’Connor ‘s new album was retitled I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, with an 11 August let go of date. The title derives from the Ban Bossy crusade that took home earlier the same class. The album ‘s inaugural individual is entitled “ Take Me to Church ”. [ 41 ] [ 42 ] In November 2014, O’Connor ‘s management was taken over by Simon Napier-Bell and Björn de Water. [ 43 ] On 15 November, O’Connor joined the charity supergroup Band Aid 30 along with early british and irish pop acts, recording a new version of the track “ Do They Know It ‘s Christmas ? “ at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the west african Ebola virus epidemic. [ 44 ]

Retirement announced and retracted

On 4 June 2021, O’Connor announced her immediate retirement from the music industry. While her concluding studio apartment album, No Veteran Dies Alone, is due to be released in 2022, O’Connor stated that she would not be touring or promoting it. [ 45 ] Announcing the news on chitter, she said “ This is to announce my retirement from touring and from working in the commemorate business. I ‘ve gotten older and I ‘m banal. So it ‘s time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having sincerely given my all. NVDA in 2022 will be my survive dismissal. And there ‘ll be no more tour or promo. ” [ 46 ] Later, on 7 June, she retracted this statement, describing the original announcement as “ a knee-jerk chemical reaction ” to an insensitive consultation, and that she would be doing her already scheduled 2022 go. [ 47 ]


Saturday Night Live performance

On 3 October 1992, O’Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. [ 48 ] She sang an a cappella interpretation of Bob Marley ‘s “ War “, which she intended as a protest against sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, referring to child abuse rather than racism. [ 49 ] She then presented a photograph of Pope John Paul II to the camera while singing the word “ evil “, after which she tore the photograph into pieces, said “ Fight the real foe ”, and threw the pieces towards the camera. [ 50 ] The incidental occurred nine years before John Paul II acknowledged the sexual maltreatment within the Church. [ 51 ] Saturday Night Live had no precognition of O’Connor ‘s design ; during the apparel rehearsal, she held up a photograph of a refugee child. NBC Vice-President of Late Night Rick Ludwin recalled that when he saw O’Connor ‘s natural process, he “ literally jumped out of [ his ] chair ”. SNL writer Paula Pell recalled personnel in the control booth discussing the cameras cutting away. [ 52 ] The audience was completely silent, with no boo or applause ; [ 53 ] administrator manufacturer Lorne Michaels recalled that “ the air went out the studio ”. He ordered that the applause bless not be used. [ 52 ] A countrywide audience saw O’Connor ‘s be operation, which the New York Daily News ‘s shroud called a “ Holy Terror ”. [ 52 ] NBC received more than 500 calls on Sunday [ 54 ] and 400 more on Monday, with all but seven criticising O’Connor ; [ 53 ] the network received 4,400 calls in sum. [ 55 ] Contrary to rumour, NBC was not fined by the Federal Communications Commission for O’Connor ‘s act, as the FCC has no regulative baron over such behaviour. [ 55 ] NBC did not edit the performance out of the West coast tape-delayed circulate that night. [ 56 ] As of 2016, NBC broadcasts reruns of the episode using footage from the dress rehearsal. [ 55 ] During his opening monologue the be workweek, Catholic-raised horde Joe Pesci held up the photograph, explaining that he had taped it back together, to huge applause. Pesci besides said that if it had been his show, “ I would have gave her such a big h ”. [ 57 ] In a 2002 interview with Salon, when asked if she would change anything about the SNL appearance, O’Connor replied, “ Hell, no ! ” [ 58 ] In her 2021 book Rememberings, O’Connor said of the incident : “ Everyone wants a crop up star, see ? But I am a protest singer. I fair had stuff to get off my breast. I had no desire for fame. ” [ 59 ]

Madonna ‘s reaction

When Catholic-raised Madonna appeared later that temper on SNL, after singing “ Bad Girl “, she held up a photograph of Joey Buttafuoco [ 60 ] and, saying “ fight the real number enemy ”, tore it up. Madonna besides roundly attacked O’Connor in the press for the incidental, telling the Irish Times : “ I think there is a better way to present her ideas rather than ripping up an trope that means a lot to other people. ” She added, “ If she is against the Roman Catholic Church and she has a problem with them, I think she should talk about it. ” [ 61 ] The New York Times called it “ professional jealousy ” and wrote :

After Madonna had herself gowned, harnessed, strapped down and amply stripped to promote her album Erotica and her reserve Sex, O’Connor stole the spotlight with one photograph of a amply clothed serviceman. But the early smear that descended on O’Connor showed she had struck a nerve. [ 61 ]

Bob Guccione, Jr. in a 1993 Spin editorial was adamant in his defense of O’Connor, compose :

Madonna savaged her in the weigh, obviously to fuel promotion for Sex and sales of her new album, Erotica … But when the Sinead controversy threatened to siphon some of the care from the impending release of Sex, Madonna handily found religion again … [ 62 ]

In November 1991, a year anterior to the incident, O’Connor had told Spin magazine :

Madonna is probably the hugest character model for women in America. There ‘s a womanhood who people look up to as being a woman who campaigns for women ‘s rights. A womanhood who in an abusive direction towards me, said that I look like I had a run in with a lawnmower and that I was approximately a sexy as a venetian blind. now there ‘s the womanhood that America looks up to as being a campaigner for women, slagging off another woman for not being sexy. [ 63 ]

Bob Dylan tribute performance

Two weeks after the Saturday Night Live appearance, she was set to perform “ I Believe in You ” at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary tribute concert in Madison Square Garden. [ 64 ] She was greeted by a thundering mix of cheers and jeers. During the boo, Kris Kristofferson told her not to “ let the bastards get you down ”, to which she replied, “ I ‘m not down. ” [ 65 ] [ 66 ] The noise finally became so brassy that O’Connor saw no period in starting the scheduled song. She called for the keyboard player to stop and the microphone to be turned up, and then screamed over the hearing with an improvise, shout rendition of “ War ”, which she stopped barely after mentioning child abuse, emphasizing the point of her former natural process. She then looked heterosexual to the audience for a second and left the stage. Kristofferson then comforted her, as she cried. [ 67 ] [ 68 ]

After Dark appearance

After Dark on 21 January 1995 Sinéad O’Connor onon 21 January 1995 In January 1995, O’Connor made an appearance on the british late-night television receiver program After Dark during an sequence about sexual mistreat and the Catholic church in Ireland. [ 69 ] The discussion included a Dominican friar and another example of the Catholic church, along with early Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald. Host Helena Kennedy described the event :

While we were on the air, Sinéad O’Connor called in … then I got a message in my earphone to say she had just turned up at the studio apartment. Sinéad came on and argued that abuse in families was coded in by the church because it refused to accept the accounts of women and children ”. [ 70 ]

afford letter to Miley Cyrus

O’Connor published an open letter, on her own web site, to American singer and actress Miley Cyrus on 2 October 2013 in which she warned Cyrus of the treatment of women in the music diligence and the role that sex plays in this context, which was in response to Cyrus ‘ music video recording for her birdcall “ Wrecking Ball “. O’Connor stated :

The message you keep sending is that it ‘s somehow cool to be prostituted… it ‘s then not cool Miley… it ‘s dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sex. We are n’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is presently going on in your career. [ 71 ]

Remarks about prince

Speaking about her kinship with Prince in an consultation with norwegian place NRK in November 2014 she said, “ I did meet him a copulate of times. We did n’t get on at all. In fact we had a punch-up. ” She continued : “ He summoned me to his house after ‘ Nothing Compares 2U ‘. I made it without him. I ’ five hundred never met him. He summoned me to his house – and it ‘s foolish to do this to an irish charwoman – he said he did n’t like me saying bad words in interviews. therefore I told him to fuck off … .He got quite fierce. I had to escape out of his sign of the zodiac at 5 in the good morning. He packed a bigger punch than mine. ” [ 72 ] In a 2004 interview with Graham Norton, O’Connor claimed that the story was “ much exaggerated by the press ” and referred to him as “ a fresh ridicule ”. [ 73 ] In her 2021 memoir Rememberings, O’Connor described her meet with Prince in detail, which ranged from having his butler serve soup repeatedly despite no desire for soup to hitting her with a hard object placed in a case after wanting a pillow crusade to stalking her with his car after she left the mansion. [ 74 ]

Tweets about non-Muslims

After her conversion to Islam, O’Connor called those who were not Muslims “ disgusting ” and criticised Christian and Jewish theologians on Twitter in November 2018. She wrote : “ What I ‘m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could always feel it. But rightfully I never wan sodium spend prison term with white people again ( if that ‘s what non-muslims are called ). not for one here and now, for any reason. They are disgusting. ” [ 75 ] [ 76 ] belated that calendar month, O’Connor stated that her remarks were made in an try to force Twitter to close down her account. [ 77 ] In September 2019, she apologised for the remarks, saying “ They were not true at the time and they are not dependable immediately. I was triggered as a leave of islamophobia dumped on me. I apologize for injury caused. That was one of many crazy tweets overlord knows. ” [ 78 ]

personal life sentence

personal and public prototype

While her shave head was initially an affirmation against traditional views of women, years subsequently, O’Connor said she had begun to grow her hair back, but that after being asked if she was Enya, O’Connor shaved it off again. “ I do n’t feel like me unless I have my hair’s-breadth shaved. so evening when I ‘m an erstwhile lady, I ‘m going to have it. ” [ 79 ]

Marriages and children

O’Connor has four children and has been married four times. She had her first son, Jake, with her beginning conserve, music producer John Reynolds, [ 80 ] who co-produced several of her albums, including Universal Mother. Reynolds and O’Connor married in 1987. [ 81 ] Soon after the parturition of her daughter Roisin in 1995, [ 81 ] O’Connor and the girlfriend ‘s father, irish diarist John Waters, began a long hands struggle that ended with O’Connor agreeing to let Roisin live in Dublin with Waters. [ 80 ] In 1991, O’Connor had an abortion after things did not work out with the father. She by and by wrote the birdcall “ My especial Child ” about the experience. [ 82 ] In mid-2001, O’Connor married british diarist Nick Sommerlad ; the marriage ended in 2004. [ 80 ] She had her third gear child, son Shane, in 2004 with musician Donal Lunny. [ 80 ] [ 81 ] In 2006, she had her one-fourth child, Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio, whose father is Frank Bonadio. [ 83 ] [ 84 ] O’Connor was married a third clock on 22 July 2010, to longtime ally and collaborator Steve Cooney, [ 85 ] [ 86 ] and in late March 2011, made the decision to separate. [ 87 ] Her fourthly marriage was to irish therapist Barry Herridge. They wed on 9 December 2011, in Las Vegas, but their marriage ended after having “ lived together for 7 days only ”. [ 88 ] The following week, on 3 January 2012, O’Connor issued a further string of internet comments to the effect that the couple had re-united. [ 89 ] On 18 July 2015, her first grandson was born to her son Jake Reynolds and his girlfriend Lia. [ 90 ]


In a 2000 interview in Curve, O’Connor commented, “ I ‘m a dam … although I have n’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I ‘ve gone out with blokes because I have n’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a boastful lesbian mule. But I actually am a dam. ” [ 91 ] however, soon after in an interview in The Independent, she stated, “ I believe it was overcompensating of me to declare myself a lesbian. It was not a promotion stunt. I was trying to make person else feel well. And have subsequently caused trouble for myself. I am not in a box of any description. ” In a magazine article and in a program on RTÉ ( Ryan Confidential, broadcast on RTÉ on 29 May 2003 ), she stated that while most of her sexual relationships had been with men, she has had three relationships with women .


On a 4 October 2007, circulate of The Oprah Winfrey Show, O’Connor disclosed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder four years early, and had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday on 8 December 1999. [ 92 ] then, on Oprah: Where Are They Now? of 9 February 2014, O’Connor said that she had received three “ second opinions ” and was told by all three that she was not bipolar. In August 2015, she announced that she was to undergo a hysterectomy after suffering with gynecological problems for over three years. [ 93 ] O’Connor would late blame the hospital ‘s refusal to administer hormonal substitution therapy after the operation as the chief rationality for her mental health issues in the subsequent years, stating “ I was flung into surgical menopause. Hormones were everywhere. I became identical self-destructive. I was a basket shell. ” [ 94 ] Having smoked cannabis for 30 years, O’Connor went to a reclamation center in 2016, to end her addiction. [ 95 ] In August 2017, O’Connor posted a 12-minute video recording on her Facebook page in which she states that she has felt alone since losing custody of her 13-year-old son, for the past two years she has wanted to kill herself and only her sophisticate and psychiatrist were “ keeping her alive ”. [ 96 ] The next month, O’Connor appeared on the american television talk show Dr. Phil on the show ‘s 16th season debut episode. [ 97 ] According to Dr. Phil, O’Connor wanted to do the interview because she wanted to “ destigmatize mental illness, ” noting the preponderance of mental health issues among musicians. [ 98 ] O’Connor is an agoraphobic. [ 99 ]


O’Connor is a vocal assistant of a unite Ireland, and called on the leftist republican Sinn Féin party to be “ brave ”. In December 2014 it was reported O’Connor had joined Sinn Féin. [ 100 ] O’Connor has called for the “ demolition ” of the Irish Republic and its successor with a new, unite nation. She has besides called for key Sinn Féin politicians like Gerry Adams to step down because “ they remind people of violence ”, referring to the Troubles. [ 101 ] In a 2015 consultation with the BBC, O’Connor wished that Ireland had remained under british rule ( which ended after the Irish War of Independence, except for Northern Ireland ), because the church service took over the country alternatively. [ 102 ] Following the Brexit referendum in 2016, O’Connor wrote on Facebook “ Ireland is officially no longer owned by Britain ”. [ 103 ]


In the late 1990s, Bishop Michael Cox of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church ( an Independent Catholic group not in communion with the Catholic Church ) ordained O’Connor as a priest. The Roman Catholic Church considers ordination of women to be invalid and asserts that a person attempting the sacrament of ordering upon a womanhood incurs excommunication. [ 104 ] The bishop had contacted her to offer ordering following her appearance on the RTÉ ‘s Late Late Show, during which she told the donor, Gay Byrne, that had she not been a singer, she would have wished to have been a Catholic priest. After her ordering, she indicated that she wished to be called Mother Bernadette Mary. [ 104 ] In August 2018, via an open letter, she asked Pope Francis to excommunicate her, as she had asked of Pope Benedict and John Paul II. [ 105 ] In a July 2007 interview with Christianity Today, O’Connor stated that she considers herself a christian and that she believes in core christian concepts about the Trinity and Jesus Christ. She said, “ I think God saves everybody whether they want to be saved or not. so when we die, we ’ re all going home … I do n’t think God judges anybody. He loves everybody evenly. ” [ 106 ] In an October 2002 interview, she credited her christian faith in giving her the lastingness to live through and overcome the effects of her child maltreatment. [ 49 ] On 26 March 2010, O’Connor appeared on Anderson Cooper 360° to speak out about the Catholic intimate maltreatment scandal in Ireland. [ 107 ] On 28 March 2010, she had an opinion piece published in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post in which she wrote about the scandal and her time in a Magdalene laundry as a adolescent. [ 8 ] Writing for the Sunday Independent she labelled the Vatican as “ a nest of devils ” and called for the establishment of an “ alternate church ”, opining that “ Christ is being murdered by liars ” in the Vatican. [ 108 ] soon after the election of Pope Francis she described the office of the Pope as an “ anti-Christian office. ” O’Connor stated :

good, you know, I guess I wish everyone the best, and I do n’t know anything about the world, so I ’ m not going to rush to judge him on one thing or another, but I would say he has a scientifically impossible undertaking, because all religions, but surely the Catholic Church, is in truth a family built on sand, and it ‘s drowning in a sea of conditional love, and therefore it ca n’t survive, and actually the function of Pope itself is an anti-Christian agency, the mind that Christ needs a example is amusing and blasphemous at the same time, therefore it is a house built on sandpaper, and we need to rescue God from religion, all religions, they ’ ve become a smoke screen that distracts people from the fact that there is a holy spirit, and when you study the Gospels you see the Christ character came to tell us that we only need to talk directly to God, we never needed Religion…

Asked whether from her point of view, it is therefore irrelevant who is elected to be Pope, O’Connor replied ,

truly I do n’t mean disrespect to Catholic people because I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Spirit, all of those, but I besides believe in all of them, I do n’t think it cares if you call it Fred or Daisy, you know ? Religion is a smoke screen, it has everybody talking to the wall. There is a Holy Spirit who ca n’t intervene on our behalf unless we ask it. Religion has us talking to the rampart. The Christ character tells us himself : you must merely talk immediately to the Father ; you don ’ t need intermediaries. We all thought we did, and that ‘s very well, we ‘re not bad people, but permit ‘s wake up… God was there before religion ; it ‘s there [ today ] despite religion ; it ‘ll be there when religion is gone. [ 109 ]

In October 2018, O’Connor converted to Islam, calling it “ the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian ‘s journey ”. [ 110 ] The ceremony was conducted in Ireland by Sunni Islamic theologian Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri. She besides changed her name to Shuhada ‘ Davitt. In a message on Twitter, she thanked boyfriend Muslims for their digest and uploaded a video recording of herself singing the adhan, the Islamic call to entreaty. She besides posted photos of herself wearing a hijab. [ 111 ]


In 2017, she changed her legal name to Magda Davitt, saying in an interview that she wished to be “ absolve of the patriarchal slave names. Free of the parental curses. ” [ 105 ] [ 112 ] On her conversion to Islam in October 2018, she adopted the name Shuhada ‘, and before mid-2019 besides changed her surname from Davitt to Sadaqat. [ 113 ]


O’Connor ‘s memoir, Rememberings, was published in June 2021. [ 114 ]




farther reading

  • Guterman, Jimmy. Sinéad: Her Life and Music. Warner Books, 1991. ISBN 0-446-39254-5.
  • Hayes, Dermott. Sinéad O’Connor: So Different. Omnibus Press, 1991. ISBN 0-7119-2482-1.

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