Sinead O'Connor opens up about suicidal thoughts, discourages suicide
Singer Sinead O'Connor alarmed her fans on Wednesday with a string of suicidal Tweets and has since written an open letter, discouraging anyone from committing suicide.
"I'm so tired. 24 yrs of being treated like a crazy person. Can't manage any more. Badly wish cud die without it ruining my kids lives," O'Connor wrote on September 14.
The worrisome Tweets led her followers to alert the authorities in O'Connor's native Ireland. Local police in Bray, County Wicklow sent a squad car to her home to ensure her personal safety.
"All this [expletive] we're not supposed to say," O'Connor continued. "Including suicidal feelings, sex, etc. U just get treated like a crazy person. I want to go to heaven SO bad. Have for yrs. But I don't wanna abandon my kids. But if I cud die without them knowing I did it myself I wud."
The 44-year-old singer rose to fame in the 80s with her debut album, "The Lion and the Cobra" and is best known for her 1990 cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Her open letter urged fans to not hide their feelings, especially those relating to suicide.
"Open letter to all people in who occasionally feel suicidal, or think, or have acted suicidally, including that really annoying Sinead woman that won't just shut the [expletive] up and stop making people feel uncomfortable... #angrymobfromsimpsons," O'Connor wrote on September 17. "Why would 'God' want u to beat urself up for wanting to die? Don't allow anyone near u who, when ur with them u feel bad about u. U haven't died. And that's what matters to God. 'God is close to the broken hearted.' And 'God' doesn't judge."
In 1999, O'Connor attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday. She opened up about her suicide attempt on a 2007 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," where she also revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
O'Connor told fans that she is heartbroken over the dissolution of her marriage to Steve Cooney last April. She has been married three times and has four children with four different fathers.
Her son Jake Reynolds was conceived during her first marriage to music producer John Reynolds. Her daughter Brigidine Roisine Waters was born in 1996 with her former partner, "The Irish Times" journalist John Waters. Her son Shane was born in 2004 with the help of Irish folk musician Donal Lunny and her fourth child, Yeshua Francis Neil was born in 2006 with former partner Frank Bonadio.
Since her most recent breakup, O'Connor has sought out a boyfriend on her personal website under the headline, "Revised advert for boy (man) friend," with a list of criteria.
"Must announce boyfriend search very much still on. If any1 wants a suicidal tourettes ridden fat ugly lunatic with a big fat flappy fanny," O'Connor wrote on September 16, with a link to her ad.
O'Connor is no stranger to controversy. In 1992, during a "Saturday Night Live" performance, where she covered Bob Marley's "War" but changed the word "racism" to "child abuse," she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II while saying "fight the real enemy."
Madonna parodied the act during her own "Saturday Night Live" performance, ripping up a photo of Joey Buttafuoco and saying, "fight the real enemy." Madonna later told the Irish Times that she thought there is a better way to make a statement.