The singer Sinead O’Connor is reportedly receiving medical treatment after a worrying message about taking an ‘overdose’ was posted on her Facebook page.
O’Connor sparked fears for her wellbeing after the emotional post claiming she had taken an overdose at a hotel in Ireland was widely shared. She did not disclose the name or location of the hotel.
In the lengthy message, O’Connor, who has four children, said she was “broken by events during this week" and claimed to have been subject to “appalling cruelty”.
“The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose,” it read.
“I am at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name. There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear.”
Sinead O'Connor best quotes
Sinead O'Connor best quotes
'We can love religion as we need rituals, but The Holy Spirit is a bird, free to fly and land where it likes. We don't actually need 'religion' in order to have a relationship with The Holy Spirit. Too many wars an violence over religion.We need to see it's all the same spirit and we are part of that spirit so we shouldn't be fighting over what name we call it. It's a free bird'
'I've every right to be as lunatic in my behaviour as the lunatic next door, no? I've no regrets'
'You can't solve a spiritual problem with politics. You may as well as throw the Parliament to a drowning man'
'I have no shame around the fact that I can be shot into suicidal feelings by certain people's treatment of me. I am no different to any other person, I therefore act as I believe any other person should be free to'
'Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire'
'I don't feel like me unless I have my hair shaved. So even when I'm an old lady, I'm going to have it'
'Easy to keep faith. God is good. Only one mistake he made. Free will, therefore can't intervene unless we ask, but gospels show, when we ask we must believe we will be answered. Then all manner of things will be well'
'People have been treating me like I was mental ever since I ripped up a picture of the Pope on television [in 1992]'
'When you're young, you don't really know quite what you're aiming at. You're very impulsive and acting on impulse, which is very important and valuable. But you're kind of swimming in a blind sea. When you get older, you have more of a sense of direction'
'What pisses me off is when I've got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear'
The authenticity of the post has not been verified and a spokesperson for O'Connor declined to comment.
Gardai Police were alerted to her message and found O’Connor, according to the Irish Examiner. She is reportedly “safe and well” and receiving medical treatment.
A police spokesperson told The Independent it could not comment on individual cases.
O’Connor, 48, underwent a hysterectomy in August and cancelled all of her 2015 shows in July to care for her child after he was diagnosed with a “life-threatening illness”. She did not specify the nature of his illness at the time.
Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans’ CEO said, "Our research shows that many people find social media to be a crucial outlet when they are struggling to cope. If you are concerned about someone you know, or are experiencing difficult feelings, talking through whatever is getting to you can make all the difference – it can be life saving."
Anyone in need of confidential support can contact The Samaritans 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 116 123 or by visiting www.samaritans.org
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