Sinéad O’Connor says Prince tried to beat her up

Sinéad O'Connor says Prince tried to beat her up. Photo copyright penner CC3 and ITV

Sinead O’Connor has revealed the one and only time she met music legend Prince he tried to beat her up.

The Irish singer’s most iconic song, Nothing Compares 2 U, was written by the late star Prince, but the O’Connor said the success of the song did not create a friendly relationship between the pair.

Sinéad O'Connor says Prince tried to beat her up. Photo copyright penner CC3 and ITV

O’Connor was speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, and after performing her most famous song she sat down to talk to the presenters.

She described her one and only meeting with Prince.

O’Connor said: “We met once but we didn’t get on very well, we tried to beat each other up. We didn’t get on too well.

“Well it was more that he was trying to beat me up and I was defending myself.”

Reid interrupted to ask: “Hang on, that doesn’t sound like a joke, it sounds serious.”

O’Connor continued: “Oh no it’s not a joke at all, it was a very frightening experience actually.

“In Los Angeles, he summoned me to his house one night and I foolishly went along not knowing where I was.”

The singer said she felt that Prince was “uncomfortable” because she was not his “protégé” and would not behave in the way he wanted.

She said: “He ordered me that I don’t swear any more in interviews. I told him where to go and then he went for me and then he went upstairs and got a pillow with something hard in it.

“I ran out of his house and was hiding behind a tree, he was going this way in his car, we meet on a highway in Malibu at 5 o’clock in the morning we’re running around his car, I’m spitting on him and he’s trying to punch me.”

O’Connor revealed she had to run away and ring someone’s doorbell for help.

She concluded: “He was into some pretty dark drugs. It was down to drugs at the end of the day, he was doing some pretty dark drugs.”

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