Controversial Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor has been found alive and safe following fears that she had attempted suicide. According to a statement by a police officer at the Pearce Street Station of Am Garda Siochana (Ireland’s national police), authorities were called in to action after a O’Connor had posted an apparent suicide note on her Facebook page in which she reportedly stated she had taken an overdose at a hotel where she was staying under an alias. The note was a follow-up to several other posts she had written since the summer. These included a now deleted post from July in which she stated that her 3rd son, Shane, had been “suffering from a life-threatening condition” since March. A month later she disclosed that she was scheduled to have a hysterectomy.
O’Connor, who has been treated for mental problems since at least 1994, accused her family, including former husband musican Donal Lunny, father of Shane, of “appalling cruelty.” She also went on to state that if it wasn’t for her messages on Facebook no one in her family would know about the attempted suicide because, “apparently I am scum and deserve to be abandoned and treated like (expletive) just when I’ve had my womb and ovaries cut out and my child is frighteningly sick,” and that she had been “alone and howling crying for weeks”.”
O’Connor has been married 4-times. Her first husband John Reynolds, co-produced several of her albums, including “Universal Mother,”and is the father of her eldest child, Jake. Next came longtime friend and collaborator Steve Cooney,followed by Lundy and finally Irish therapist Barry Herridge, whom she met through the Internet. In addition to Jake and Shane, Sinead has a daughter Roisin, fathered by journalist John Waters, father of daughter Roisin. She had her 4th child Yeshua with Frank Bonadio in 2007
Born December 8, 1966, in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland, Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor, 48, rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Since then, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures, such as her ordination as a priest despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic background, and her strongly expressed views on organized religion, child abuse and women’s rights.
O’Connor disclosed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, while appearing on an October 4, 2007 broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday in 1999.