Sinead O’Connor Found Safe After Disturbing Facebook Post: ‘I’ve Taken An Overdose’
Fortunately, an anguished Sinead O’Connor was found “safe and sound” by the Irish police.
On Sunday, November 29, an alarming note was posted to the Facebook page of Irish rocker Sinead O’Connor. The disturbing post, which appeared to be a suicide note, claimed that the musician had taken an overdose. The Nov. 29 post begins:
“There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear. What was done to me this week was appalling cruelty. By my husband, my family, by St Pats and by An Gardai Siochana [the Irish police}, by my son, Jake and by Donal Lunny and Angela singleton, by my son’s girlfriend, his friends… after everything I’ve been put through and been forced to go through alone .. And punished for having to go through since I had the surgery on August 26th.”
In the days prior to the post, a series of troubling posts have appeared on Sinead O’Connor’s Facebook page, apparently associated with an ongoing battle with Donal Lunny, an Irish folk musician and the father of her youngest son, Shane, age 11. O’Connor believes that Shane is in need of psychological intervention and that she is being kept from him by Lunny. The Nov. 29 post continued:
“The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I’m at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name.”
Fortunately, Sinead O’Connor was found shortly after the posting, and she is currently receiving medical attention, according to Billboard. A source close to the situation told Billboard that O’Connor “has been located and is safe.” Dublin police had no comment on the situation.
What Led To Sinead O’Connor To This Point?
Prior to her most recent Facebook offering, there were a series of distressing posts, assumed to be by Sinead O’Connor, expressing her anguish over the situation with Shane.
Billboard reported that in July, O’Connor canceled all her concert dates in order to take care of Shane, whom she claimed was “suffering with a life-threatening medical condition.”
On Nov. 28, O’Connor shared an detailed plea and explanation of her current plight. The post begins:
Desperately in need of a job and a place to live. Can anyone help? Am being treated so badly by my family that can barely manage to stay alive. However, I shall stay alive. Because I deserve better. My sons’ fathers and my eldest son (28) are refusing to let me see my sons. I got depressed after the hysterectomy because I got left all alone to recover. Now I’m pariah because I got depressed. My son is very dangerously sick and his father and my son are preventing him from getting the help he needs
As the post continued, what emerged was a disturbing letter detailing that she has been depressed since having a hysterectomy in the summer and that her ex husband and eldest son “are refusing to let me see my sons.” It alleges Shane almost beat an animal to death and that he needs medical treatment.
Sinead O’Connor also blamed her career for many of her problems.
“I need a new home. And a new job. A new life,” she wrote. “Music is over for me. Music did this.”
“It rendered me invisible,” she added. “Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.”
In this article by Billboard, subsequent posts are detailed which further portray the source of O’Connor‘s anguish. You can read that article in its entirety here.
Sinead O’Connor has always been open about her struggles with mental illness.
Sinead O’Connor has never been secretive about her struggles with mental illness. She revealed on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Seven years later, in 2014, it was announced that she had been misdiagnosed and, in fact, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). O’Connor spent eight years being treated and taking medications for a disease she did not have.
In a 2014 article on About.com, Sinead O’Connor opened up about getting the proper diagnosis, multiple opinions, and the proper treatment for mental illness. O’Connor states in the article that she believes that many sufferers of PTSD are being misdiagnosed as bipolar and handed drugs instead of receiving the therapy they need to deal with the disease.
O’Connor immediately became a controversial figure when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on a 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live. She was targeted for so-called “crazy” behavior from that point on and was ostracized in her home country of Ireland.
In the same article, she points to her sudden fame as a musician and sudden status as a social pariah, both of which took her by surprise. After suffering a “barbaric childhood”, O’Connor felt she was left with little time to emotionally process everything in a healthy way, planting the seed for her PTSD.
Sinead O’Connor has fought for years to dispel the stigma of mental illness. Whatever the cause of her break-down, many of us are hoping that this talented, troubled woman can find some comfort, healing, and peace in her life.