Sinéad O’Connor uploaded a tearful confessional, filmed in a New Jersey motel room, to her Facebook account in which she says she is struggling to stay alive through mental illness.
In the 12-minute video, the Irish singer said she was uploading the post in an effort to help others who are struggling with mental illness.
“I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the arse-end of New Jersey,” the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer confessed, through tears. “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 fucking thing keeping me alive at the moment, that I’m his bloody hero. And that’s kind of pathetic.”
“Mental illness, you know, it’s a bit like drugs, it doesn’t give a shit who you are,” she continued. “And equally, you know what’s worse, it’s the stigma that doesn’t give a shit who you are,”
“And suddenly all the people that are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like shit,” before saying that she’s struggling to stay alive everyday.
“For two years, my entire life has revolved around just not dying, and that’s not just living,” O’Connor said. “And I’m not going to die, I’m not going to die, but still.”
A motel guest told Page Six O’Connor had been staying at the hotel for over a week. “She had a hospital band on her wrist,’’ the woman said, noting O’Connor kept her room door open.
The mother of four has long struggled with mental illness, and has previously said she tried to commit suicide on her birthday in 1999. O’Connor recently went missing in a Chicago suburb for more than 24 hours, raising concerns about her mental state.
The Irish singer was catapulted into fame after covering Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in 1990, and went on to pursue a controversial career — including a Saturday Night Live performance in which she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II to protest sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
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