Sinead O’Connor has apologized and is denouncing suicidal thoughts days after tweeting about her frayed mental state. The Irish singer-songwriter wrote some disturbing tweets on Twitter that included “Bad Mum,” “Wanna Abandon,” and “Deliberately PLS” that alerted friends and family. Everyone seemed to be worried that she might take her own life.
O’Connor posted an open letter on her website denouncing suicide.
“I do believe suicide is a sin,” wrote the Irish singer, best known for her heartbreaking 1990 cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ “Because u may as well have murdered every one who loves u even remotely. Including ‘God’. And we all have people who adore us.. Even if we think we don’t.”
O’Connor did, however, defend the right to feel suicidal and alert others about such self-destructive urges.
“And its not only ok but MANDATORY u SAY when u feel suicidal and ask for help,” the oft-troubled singer wrote. “And anyone who criticises u can f— off so they can for themselves and is only afraid of their own ‘madness.'”
The letter went live Sept. 17, three days after O’Connor took to Twitter to discuss a recent trip to the psychiatrist.
“She says I’m a bad mum and mental for talking so openly about sex in public,” O’Connor tweeted, referring to another batch of recent missives. In a series of disturbing follow-up posts, she wrote that she wished “suicide wud kill me” and indicated she was tired of “being tread like a crazy person. Can’t manage any more. Badly wish cud die without it ruining my kids’ lives.”
“So now I wish suicide [would] kill me,” she tweeted. “But if I cud die without them knowing I did it myself I wud, If any1 knows how I can kill myself Without my kids finding out I did it deliberately pls tell me,” she added. The following day, she reassured fans she was feeling better.
“Am fine,” O’Connor tweeted. “All is well. Am sorry upset people. Better out than in,” she said of the suicide-like messages.