Sinead O’Connor has had a terribly difficult life.
As her fame rose in her 20s, she says she began to suffer from depression. At 28, she says she began therapy. On her 33rd birthday, she had her first serious suicide attempt. At 37, Sinéad says she finally was diagnosed as bipolar. In those years between 23 and 37 the depression had been getting steadily worse. “The volume just slowly went up and up and up,” she says.
“It’s almost very difficult to explain when you are the person that suffers from the thing, but the best way I can describe it is it’s almost like before you get ill, you are a solid wall,” Sinéad says. “And while you’re ill, it’s like the bricks are falling away and it’s one teetering little brick.”
Sinéad says her depression manifested itself in debilitating ways. “I think people experience it differently. I’m very frightened of everything,” she says.
So why has she become the darling of the Washington Post – as long as she lays criticisms against the Pope? I suppose it was because she was willing to charge things that were completely untrue. For example, she claimed that the Pope issued a letter in 2001 that promised to excommunicate anyone who reported child abuse. Now, this is so patently ridiculous a claim that virtually no one except those who studiously disregard the truth would say such things, but there you have it.
I suspect the Post wanted someone to say such things, and so poor Sinead O’Connor became their useful vehicle.
One of the things that seems to define O’Connor is her changeability. She’s a lesbian and then she’s not a lesbian, etc:
In a 2000 interview in Curve, O’Connor outed herself as a lesbian, “I’m a dyke … although I haven’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a big lesbian mule. But I actually am a dyke.” However, soon after in an interview in The Independent, she stated, “I believe it was overcompensating of me to declare myself a lesbian. It was not a publicity stunt. I was trying to make someone else feel better. And have subsequently caused pain for myself. I am not in a box of any description.
In a magazine article and in a programme on RTÉ (Ryan Confidential, broadcast on RTÉ on 29 May 2003), she stated that while most of her sexual relationships had been with men, she has had three relationships with women. In a May 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly, she stated, “I’m three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes.
And although she claims to have been a lesbian, she has four children, each from a different father:
She has four children: a son, Jake Reynolds, by her first husband; a daughter, Brigidine Róisíne Waters, born early 1996, by The Irish Times columnist John Waters; another son, Shane, born 6 March 2004, whose father is Irish folk musician and record producer Dónal Lunny; and her fourth child, Yeshua Francis Neil, born on 19 December 2006 whose father is her former partner Frank Bonadio. O’Connor formally announced to Paul Martin in the Irish Daily Mirror that the two had broken up as of the weekend of 17 February 2007, citing difficulties between Bonadio and his former wife, singer Mary Coughlan.
She was “ordained” as a priest by some sort of fake bishop. Which is all very nice, but she certainly should not hold herself out as a Catholic anymore:
In the late 1990s, Bishop Michael Cox of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church (an Independent Catholic group) performed the ceremony of priestly ordination on O’Connor. The Roman Catholic Church believes that ordination of women is impossible, and that a person simulating the sacrament of ordination incurs latae sententiae excommunication. The bishop had contacted her to offer ordination following her appearance on the RTÉ’s Late Late Show, during which she told the presenter, Gay Byrne, that had she not been a singer, she would have wished to have been a Catholic priest. After her service of ordination, she indicated that she wished to be called Mother Bernadette Mary.