Sinead O’Connor has released a 12-minute video saying she is ‘suicidal’, ‘alone’ and living out of a motel in the ‘arse end of New Jersey’.
Fears are growing for the 50-year-old mother-of-four, who rose to fame with her hauntingly beautiful vocals in the 1990s. O’Connor was diagnosed with bi-polar more than a decade ago and has struggled with depression and post traumatic stress for years.
The Irish musician has shared a heart-wrenching insight into mental illness, saying she is ‘fighting like all the millions of people’ who are doing their best everyday to overcome stigma.
And there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only fucking thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.
I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video. Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a shit who you are, and equally what’s worse, it’s the stigma, it doesn’t give a shit who you are.
Suddenly all the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like shit. It’s like a witch hunt.
You can watch her admissions in the footage below:
Many of Sinead’s fans were quick to offer support and kind words for the troubled singer, who has recently been hospitalised for kidney stones, at this difficult time.
If any of the issues have affected you, or you’re having suicidal thoughts, please don’t suffer in silence. Call Samaritans on their free, anonymous hotline on: 116 123.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.