Sinead O'Connor to wed boyfriend Barry Herridge on 45th birthday
Sinead O'Connor seems to have found the man she was searching for over the summer as the Irish singer plans to wed for the fourth time, on her 45th birthday on Thursday.
"With enormous joy myself and my beloved boyfriend Barry Herridge will be getting married tomorrow, December 8th 2011 at 'an un-disclosed location' in my absolute dream wedding ceremony... very happy girl," O' Connor wrote on her official website on December 7.
O'Connor made headlines in August with her search for a boyfriend or "sweet sex-starved man" 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.
She announced to fans on October 21 that the search was over and she had found her new man.
"Happily I can announce the official end of hunt for boyfriend as successful applicant has been appointed," Sinead wrote on her official website. "No more applications are required. I realize this will be a matter of enormous sorrow to 98% of the men of the world... But hey... Write a song about it... Silence will now ensue as there is much love-making to be done."
O'Connor told fans in September that she was heartbroken over the dissolution of her marriage to Steve Cooney last April, after eight months. 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.
In September, O'Connor alarmed her fans with a string of suicidal Tweets and wrote an open letter at the time, 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."
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.