Sinead O’Connor: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : singer
  • Sign : Sagittarius
  • Date of birth: Thursday, December 08, 1966 (age: 54 years old)
  • Country : Ireland

Sinead O’ Connor was born on December 8, 1966 in Glengeary, Ireland. Her parents divorced when she was 8 years old, and she was raised by her father and stepmother. As a rebellious teenager, at the age of 14, she joined the Notre Dame of Charity Laundry in Dublin, a reformatory for young girls considered difficult (Laveries des Soeurs Madeleine). She spends almost two years in this establishment, and her days are marked by work, prayer and humiliation. The young girl takes refuge in music. After several passages in various boarding schools, she chooses to abandon her studies and to live from her passion.

In 1986, she met The Edge, guitarist of U2, who encouraged her to record her songs. Her first album, The Lion and the cobra, was released in 1987 and was a first success. Three years later, the song Nothing Compares 2 U, written by Prince and taken from his second album, became number one in seventeen countries. This hit made her a worldwide star. But her career is strewn with positions that will regularly take her away from the stage. In 1992, the singer, who had become an international star, put her career in danger when she ripped a live photo of Pope John Paul II during the Saturday Night Show. She then wanted to alert public opinion to the treatment inflicted on children in certain Irish religious institutions (notably the homes of the Magdalene Sisters of her teenage years). For several months, she slipped away to fight against depression and flee the media. In 1999, the singer, continuing her spiritual quest, was ordained to the priesthood by a dissident congregation of the Catholic Church under the name of Mother Bernadette Marie O’Connor.

The singer returned to her roots and released an album of Celtic music in 2002 (Sean-Nos Nua). In 2005, she recorded in Jamaica a record of reggae (Throw Down Your Arms). In 2006, she surprised her fans and released an album full of mysticism with Theology. After five years of absence, Sinead O’Connor returns with a new opus called How About I Be Me, then followed in 2014 with the release of I’m not bossy, I’m the boss. But in April 2015, the singer cancels her tour, caught up by her demons, she struggles again against a depression. On November 29, 2015, she makes a suicide attempt and posts a message on her Facebook page.

On the private side, Sinéad O’Connor is a mother of four children. In 1989, she married a musician, John Reynolds, whom she divorced a year later. She then met the leader of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, in 1990. In 2001, she reconvenes and marries Nick Sommerlad, a journalist. Her marriage in Las Vegas with her fellow countryman Barry Herridge, a psychological counselor, was a failure and she ended it after only sixteen days.

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