Sinéad O’Connor has postponed her 2021 tour to enter a year-long treatment programme for trauma and addiction.
Writing on Twitter, O’Connor said that 2020 had been the culmination of six years of suffering.
She had this year become addicted to a drug other than weed, which she’s used for 34 years, after being profoundly impacted by the death of someone special.
She also experienced trauma owing to the illness of one of her children, who has since recovered. “The child is thriving now thank god,” she wrote, “but the mom needs TLC.”
She wrote that entering a rehabilitation facility and taking this time to recover would leave her fit for a lifetime of touring and would allow her to address historic hardships from her past.
She said that she grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse and then she went directly into the music industry and never learned really how to make a normal life – never took proper time to recover and that she wasn’t prepared either.
She described the music industry as a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health problems and when she asked for help from her agents and promoters, they said that if she took those steps, it would mean that her career would be over, and then O’Connor cited the American poet Mary Oliver: “I must save the only life I can”.
In 2016, O’Connor was found safe after authorities voiced concern for her health when she vanished from a Chicago suburb. In 2018, she converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.
O’Connor said she still planned to publish a memoir in June 2021 and said she would return with a new shit-kicking album and a rescheduled tour in 2022. Then, she said, she would be able to explain very clearly the experiences of the past six years.
With her therapy starting next week, she said, she will stay on Twitter in the meantime to post, mostly about what a complete twat Trump is and how he’s way too stupid not to be clever, and that they may as well just have put Putin openly in charge of America since he’s been running it for four years anyhow.
Last month, O’Connor released a version of the spiritual song Trouble of the World, made famous by Mahalia Jackson, her first release in five years.
Life was good for her, but some people just go a wee bit crazy in the entertainment industry but her music was good and hopefully, she’ll get better soon and it’s okay to be a seeker, looking for answers, because that’s normal to a lot of people.
And it doesn’t sound like her life has been good and she was lost and needed help a long time ago.
In 1979 O’Connor left her mother and went to live with her father and his new wife. At the age of 15, her shoplifting and truancy led her being placed for eighteen months in a Magdalene Asylum run by the Order of Our Lady of Charity.
In some ways, she flourished there, particularly in the development of her writing and music, but she also chafed under the imposed conformity.
Unruly students were sometimes sent to sleep in the adjoining nursing home, an experience of which she later commented, “I have never—and probably will never—experience such panic and terror and agony over anything.”
She shaved her head, which was originally a statement against traditional views of women. Years later, O’Connor said she began to grow her hair back, but after being asked if she was Enya, O’Connor shaved it off again and said that she didn’t feel herself unless she had her hair shaved off, so that even when she’s an old lady, she’s going to have it.
O’Connor has four children and has been married four times, but in a 2000 interview in Curve, O’Connor remarked that she was a lesbian, but that she hadn’t been very forthcoming about it and that throughout life had gone out with men because she wasn’t comfortable about being a big lesbian mule, but that she was a lesbian.
However, soon after an interview in The Independent, she said that she thought that it was overcompensating of her to declare herself a lesbian – that it wasn’t a publicity stunt and that she was attempting to make someone else feel better and that subsequently had caused pain for herself and that she wasn’t in a box of any description.
On a 4 October 2007 broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show, O’Connor announced that she’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder four years before and had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday on 8 December 1999.
O’Connor said that she’d received 3 second opinions and was told by all three that she was not bipolar.
In August 2015, she revealed that she was to undergo a hysterectomy after suffering from gynaecological issues for over three years.
O’Connor would later blame the hospital’s refusal to administer hormonal replacement therapy after the operation as the primary reason for her mental health problems in the ensuing years, saying that she was launched into surgical menopause and that her hormones were everywhere – that she became suicidal and was a basket case.
Sinéad O’Connor is also agoraphobic.
However, after all this, she’s a gifted artist, her voice is outstanding and trauma is the root to a lot of addiction and illness and there’s no shame in trying to save yourself and mental health is a lifelong battle for many – she’s a beautiful singer who sings from a troubled soul.