Sinead O’Connor posted an alarming message on her Facebook page claiming that she had, “taken an overdose.” Her message was heartbreaking, full of depression and self-loathing, claiming her family turned their backs on her after she had a hysterectomy. According to Bustle, Nov. 29, 2015, authorities in Ireland were alerted on a possible suicide, but luckily they found Sinead “safe and sound” and she is currently receiving medical treatment.
Sinead’s post began with, “There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear. What was done to me this week was appalling cruelty. By my husband, my family, by St Pats and by An Gardai Siochana, by my son, Jake and by Donal Lunny and Angela singleton, by my son’s girlfriend, his friends… after everything I’ve been put through and been forced to go through alone .. And punished for having to go through since I had the surgery on August 26th. Or since Shane became unwell in March, This week has broken me.”
Sinead was feeling so down, she was certain that her family members wouldn’t know she was dead until weeks later if she wasn‘t posting the news on Facebook. Over 6,500 people posted a response to Sinead’s post, writing words of encouragement, and according to E Online, many of her followers called the police to alert them of a possible suicide.
Although no one knows for certain what may have pushed Sinead close to the edge, she posted several things that may have led up to the posting of this alarming message. She allegedly is having trouble with Donal Lunny, who is the father to her son Shane. She included a picture of a court order which she said stipulates they have joint custody of Shane, but apparently, Donal denied her from seeing her son, who has been very sick since March.
Sinead posted “You and jake are going to jail under the terms of the order you falsely claimed supported you in preventing me from seeing my son, you both lied to the Gardai last night! Engaging in criminality! Falsely quoting this document.”
Sinead has battled depression through the years and during a 2007 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she confessed that in 1999, she tried to take her own life on the day she turned 33. Her family and friends feared that she may try again especially with the post she sent.
E Online reported Sinead believes that her music is over and it is what did this to her and it “Rendered me invisible even unto my children. Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.” She said she needed a job and a place to live.
Please, if you or someone you know needs help, or mentions suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is just a phone call away. You can reach them at 1-800-273-8255 (talk). We hope that Sinead gets the help she needs and realizes how many people love her, and her music.