Sinéad O’Connor speaks openly about her childhood abuse and mental health

Sinéad O’Connor speaks openly about her childhood abuse and mental health

Irish musician Sinéad O’Connor has opened up about her life in an emotional interview with American psychiatrist Dr Phil McGraw.

The singer spoke openly and honestly about the horrific abuse she suffered as a child and her love/hate relationship with her mother.

O’Connor has been one of the most iconic people from Ireland since she shot to world fame with her 1990 global hit Nothing Compares 2 You.

Public opinion of her was split in 1992 when she shocked the world by tearing up a photo of the Pope on US show Saturday Night Live.

O’Connor did it as an act of protest against child abuse within the Catholic Church, but she was shunned by several members of the showbiz world and labelled mentally ill.

Ever since, she has been somewhat of an enigma. There are few that question her incredible musical talent, but her mental health has been the source of numerous discussions and publications.

Now, in an incredibly open and brave interview, O’Connor has spoken in detail about her life.

Her relationship with her mother was one of the key issues she discussed with Dr Phil. From her physical and sexual abuse she endured as a child, to the ‘best friend’ relationship they shared as O’Connor entered her teenage years.

O’Connor also talks about her attempts to take her own life, how she feels she has moved on now, and what her plans are for the future.

It is a truly fascinating insight into her life, and many have praised her for her bravery in revealing all on camera.

Here is the video playlist from that reveals the interview, from Dr Phil’s YouTube channel.


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Written by Andrew Moore