KUALA LUMPUR: Irish singer Sinead O’Connor who shot to international fame with the hit song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” in 1990, has made a public plea for her to be brought home and be loved, after being diagnosed with mental illnesses.
In a tearful video O’ Connor recorded from Travelodge motel in New Jersey, United States, she claimed to be suicidal and lived a lonely life from the motel room for about two years now, having only her doctor and psychiatrist visit her off and on.
"I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the a**e end of New Jersey. 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 thing keeping me alive at the moment... and that's kind of pathetic,” NZ Herald online news site reported from her 12-minute video posted on her Facebook last week.
It said O’Connor also had previously tried to commit suicide three times, and attributed to her being alive to her four children.
All her four children are from her four different marriages.
“Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a s- -t of who you are, and equally what’s worse, it’s the stigma, it doesn’t give a s- -t of who you are.
“And suddenly all the people that are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s- -t.’’ said the 50-year-old singer who has repeatedly caused concern among her fans in recent years with public meltdowns and calls for help.
O’Connor, the NZ Herald said had been diagnosed with, among others, bipolar disorder after she lost custody of her 13-year-old son several years ago.
Her cries had sparked a fear and concern from her fans as well as colleagues from the industry.
One of them is Scottish singer and songwriter, Annie Lennox, who has called for support for O’Connor. Meanwhile, the Independent newspaper reported Lennox as saying that O’Connor’s video and question of why she did not have close friends or family to help her in the vulnerable state has got her worried and distressed.
“I just watched this truly distressing call for help by Sinead O'Connor, from a motel room in New Jersey, where she says there's no one there to help her, with the exception of a psychiatrist and a doctor,” the Scottish four-time Grammy-winning artist said in a post on her Facebook page.
She wrote that she was concerned for O’Connor’s safety and realised that her mental problems were real, that needed immediate attention.
“Are there no close friends or family who could be with her to give her some loving support?
“It's terrible to see her in such a vulnerable state,” Lennox added in her post calling for those close to attend to her cry.