Someone close to Sinead O’Connor recently reassured fans that the singer, 50, is “safe and not suicidal” after she posted a video about her mental health on Facebook, prompting many to believe that her life was potentially in danger. She said she posted the video because she is “one of millions” living with mental illness.
“I’m now living in the Travelodge motel in the arse-end of New Jersey,” she said. “I’m all by myself. 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 f--king thing keeping me alive at the moment…and that’s kind of pathetic.”
In the video, she slammed her family, saying, “And the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s--t,” though it appears she’s on good terms with at least one person, who reassured fans that the “Nothing Comes 2 U” singer is not suicidal, despite her troubling message — though it remains unclear who posted the most recent update on Sinead’s wellbeing.
“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,” the mysterious, unsigned post declared. “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 [who] were concerned.”
When it comes to her mental health, Sinead has never been shy about sharing her struggle. In a 2007 interview with Oprah, she reveled that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, and confessed that she once attempted to take her own life. In a followup interview in 2014, she said that she consulted many other doctors, who didn’t think she was bipolar.
In late 2015, fans became increasingly concerned about her wellbeing after she posted a suicide note online. We hope Sinead finds the peace she so desperately deserves.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.