Sinead O’Connor quits the music business

Sinead O’Connor has cancelled all the dates on her 2012 comeback tour and announced that she is leaving the music business. She suffers from Bipolar disorder and has taken the decision after advice from doctors.

Sinead O'Connor (photo copyright Leah Pritchard)
Sinead O’Connor

Her latest album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, was released last month and was well received by fans and critics. She had been due to play 12 dates in North America as part of a worldwide tour to promote the album.

Bipolar disorder

However she announced on her website that she regrets that she would no longer be able to perform on those dates after going through a very difficult time.

She said: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as I am very unwell due to bipolar disorder. As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn’t want to ‘fail’ or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release.

“So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am. I apologise sincerely for any difficulties this may cause,”

Hopes to work outside the music industry

She said that she wanted to find a job outside the music industry as spending a long time away from home was not good for her mental health.

She continued: “Any one have a job for a very clever woman with massive heart and courage, who adores people and has to escape music business as is very bad for her? Too much and too many long times away from home. All bad triggers for a woman with a mental illness.”

O’Connor has also closed her Twitter account and taken her website offline in a bid to take herself out of the limelight.

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.