Sinead O'Connor to enter rehab for addiction, after growing up with 'trauma and abuse'

The Irish singer tweets an emotional catharsis regarding her mental health

November 11, 2020

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Sinead O’Connor revealed plans to enter one year of treatment for trauma and addiction in an emotional Twitter thread.

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer says the combination of substance addiction and grief from the recent death of a loved one drove her to seek help professional help. “This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed,” Sinead tweets. “I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime.”

O’Connor also revealed a pattern of abuse which began before her professional music career. She says her assentation to super stardom enabled silence on the matter. “I grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse. I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life. Never took proper time to heal. Wasn't ready to either.”

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Among other difficulties this year, Sinead says she’s drained after caring for her sick child. The tweets also mention a prospective memoir due out next June. She also asked fans to hold onto concert tickets till 2022, promising a new album and tour dates.

Her final tweet makes a promise to keep posting before entering rehab, next week. The posts will likely focus on her distain for President Trump. ”Treatment begins next week so I'll still be posting here until then. Mostly about what a total t*** Trump is. And how he's way too stupid not to be clever. They may as well just have Putin openly in charge of America since he's been running it for four years anyway.”

Since her celebrity apex in the early 1990’s, Sinead has made provocative headlines with peculiar behavior. Most recently the singer claimed to be suffering from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder resulting in panic amid social situations, which prevented her from purchasing food.

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