How About I Be Me is the title of Sinead O’Connor’s latest record, but being herself is proving hard.
After a very public battle with bipolar disorder and her rocky relationship—O’Connor married in December, split with her husband within days, reconciled, and split again—the “Nothing Compares 2 U” warbler has canceled her current tour to focus on her health.
“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,” she wrote in a message on her website. “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.”
The cancellation of shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. came as a surprise to those working with O’Connor. A rep for the singer told the BBC, “We have had nothing confirmed yet but are working on the assumption that the statement on her website is correct.” This isn’t O’Connor’s first public episode. Last September, she caused an uproar when she posted to her Twitter account about having suicidal thoughts.
"Psychiatrist says I'm a bad mum and mental (crazy) for talking so openly about sex in public," she wrote. "I wish suicide wud kill me. I want to go to heaven so bad. Have for yrs.
"But I don't wanna abandon my kids. If I cud die without them knowing I did it myself I wud."
Still, she seems to have faith that this current episode will pass soon enough. According to today’s post, she plans to be well enough to play a New York City show this summer.
“While touring will be cancelled,” she wrote, “I do hope and plan to appear at the Curtis Mayfield tribute in The Lincoln Centre in July.”