Oh no, Sinead :(
The 50-year-old Irish singer-songwriter, who achieved worldwide success in 1990 with her cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” recently posted up an alarming Facebook video.
In Sinead’s 12-minute long clip, which has since been viewed over 1.4 million times, she pleaded for help from her family and revealed details about her mental illness, while sitting in a New Jersey motel that she has apparently been living in. The singer explained that she’s begging to be brought home and that she’s “fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting – like all the millions and millions that I know I’m one of – to stay alive every day”. She also said that if it were up to her, she’d “be gone”.
Note: In 2007, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sinead disclosed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder 4 years earlier, and had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday on 8th December 1999.
Shockingly, she also talked about how she lacks support from her loved ones, saying that “strangers on Facebook” are kinder to her than her own family. Sinead later posted the address of a Travelodge in South Hackensack.
A couple of days later, a follow-up Facebook post emerged on Sinead’s Facebook profile.
It is not known who wrote the post but the statement, allegedly made on the singer’s behalf, reads, “Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead’s request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal. She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care. She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I won’t respond to any questions, so please understand. I hope this comforts those of you were concerned.”
Source: Sinead O’Connor’s Facebook profile / Featured image: Facebook video screengrab.