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Sinead O’Connor has applied to become a member of the Irish political party, Sinn Féin.
Writing in her blog, Sinead O’Connor said she wanted to join the party “just as a regular punter” because she wanted to see a “proper socialist Ireland”.
However, in a Facebook post on December 8, the singer also called for the Sinn Féin leadership to step down.
A Sinn Féin spokesperson said the party welcomed her membership application and that it was currently being processed.
Sinead O’Connor achieved worldwide fame in 1990 with the song Nothing Compares 2 U, written by Prince.
She has often courted international controversy over her outspoken political and religious views.
Sinead O’Connor currently writes a regular blog on her website, entitled Sinead’s musings.
In recent weeks, the singer’s posts have focused on the controversial introduction of domestic water charges in the Republic of Ireland and the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising, the rebellion against British rule.
In her latest blog entry, entitled Strange Week, Sinead O’Connor wrote: “I’m joining Sinn Féin now. If they’ll have me.
“Just as a regular punter who wants to learn and contribute with whatever strengths I might have or learn. I’d like to see a proper socialist Ireland.”
She also said that she has “never voted” in an election in her life.
Writing in a later Facebook post on Monday night, Sinead O’Connor said she “might not even be the kind of person they [Sinn Féin] want”.
She added: “I feel the elders of Sinn Féin are going to have to make ‘the supreme sacrifice’ and step down shortly in the same way the last Pope did.”
Both Sinn Féin and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church have faced criticism over how they dealt with allegations on child abuse in Ireland.
It is not the first time Sinead O’Connor has publicly criticized Sinn Féin or other political parties.
In a blog entry last week, dated December 1, she wrote: “We have a system left over from 1922. Fine Fail (sic)/Fine Gael/Sinn Fein, all of them. They are of the old order. They are of our violent history.
“We need new politics. Young people. Not people of the theocracy. Not people of “The War”. Not of any war.”
In a statement to the Journal.ie news website, a Sinn Féin spokesperson said: “We look forward to working with Sinead as part of Sinn Féin delivering change in communities across Ireland.”
However, the party later defended its leaders against the singer’s calls for them to step down.
“The membership of the party selects the Sinn Féin leadership every year at our Ard Fheis [the party’s annual conference],” a spokeswoman said.
“As a member, Sinead would have an equal say in that process.”
It also said that support for the party in the Republic of Ireland “has grown considerably” since Gerry Adams was elected as a member of the Irish parliament.
Sinead O’Connor has a history of hitting the headlines over issues unrelated to her music career.
In December 2011, Sinead O’Connor annulled her fourth marriage to therapist Barry Herridge 16 days after their wedding.
Sinead O’Connor has announced she is writing an autobiography in which she promises to reveal all about her former partners.
Penguin Random House imprint Blue Rider Press said the four-times-married Irish singer-songwriter’s book, currently untitled, would be published in March 2016.
Sinead O’Connor promised that her autobiography will reveal all about her former partner
In a statement issued through her publisher Sinead O’Connor, 47, pledged to reveal all about her liaisons.
Sinead O’Connor, who had hits including Nothing Compares 2 U, is renowned for her blunt, confrontational style.
Sinead O’Connor will replace late soul legend Bobby Womack as the closing act at this year’s Womad festival in Wiltshire, UK.
Bobby Womack died aged 70 two weeks ago.
Sinead O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with her version of Prince’s song Nothing Compares 2 U. She more recently made headlines after she publicly criticized Miley Cyrus on Twitter.
Sinead O’Connor will replace late soul legend Bobby Womack as the closing act at this year’s Womad festival
Youssou N’Dour, Manu Dibango and Richard Thompson also headline.
Up to 40,000 people are expected to attend each of the festival’s four days, from July 24.
A festival spokesman said: “Just when you thought that no more remarkable names could be squeezed on to this year’s cracking line-up… another one comes along, the compulsive and uncompromising performer Sinead O’Connor.”
The full Womad Festival line-up features about 100 artists from 40 countries, on the Charlton Park Estate near Malmesbury.
Sinead O’Connor shared a photo to announce the upcoming release of her next album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, and her new look stunned fans.
In the picture, Sinead O’Connor dons a black wig, heavy make-up and a black dress, marking a huge change to her usual shaved head look and casual attire.
Sinead O’Connor announced the upcoming release of her next album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (photo Facebook)
Sinead O’Connor reveals the album’s title was inspired by Ban Bossy, a viral campaign launched by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg to encourage women to take charge in the workplace.
In a post on her website, Sinead O’Connor wrote: “Just a note to explain the title of my forthcoming album IS taken from Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign. Originally I had a different title, <<The Vishnu Room>>, but a few months back when I saw the phrase <<I’m not bossy, I’m the boss>> and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one.”
Sinead O’Connor’s new album will be released in August.
Sinead O’Connor feared for her life last week after she was hospitalized with a mystery illness.
The singer fell ill last Tuesday and was taken to a hospital near her home in Ireland by her sister.
Sinead O’Connor, 47, was transferred to another medical facility amid fears she had suffered an abdominal aneurysm, but she was later diagnosed with kidney stones.
She was discharged from hospital, but called out a doctor to her home on Friday and was given potent drug Demerol to combat her ongoing pain.
Sinead O’Connor admits she was so worried during her health scare, she started to make plans for her own funeral.
Sinead O’Connor admits she was so worried during her health scare, she started to make plans for her own funeral
In a post on her blog, the singer wrote: “I get seized by pain that feels like all my back ribs and all front are broken. Literally as if someone stamped all over me and smashed them … or I got run over by a car. So we’re thinking ok … I could croak (die) any minute… and we start making plans … as to how the kids will be ok …”
Sinead O’Connor eventually returned to hospital again over the weekend and underwent a battery of tests, and has now blamed her ill health on “a physical reaction to an emotional trauma”.
The singer said: “[The doctor] says <<You do have a kidney stone but it isn’t where it would be causing you a problem. People have kidney stones all the time and don’t know … the kidney stone isn’t whats causing your pain>>.
“He asks me have I been upset about anything … I sob quietly and say <<Yes … something extremely traumatic happened about a week ago>> … He says <<There’s your problem>> … So [I am] now in recovery mode.”
Miley Cyrus has hit back at Sinead O’Connor, after the Irish singer warned her not to be exploited by the music business.
In a series of tweets, Miley Cyrus mocked Sinead O’Connor, comparing her to Amanda Bynes before alluding to O’Connor’s mental health problems.
Sinead O’Connor responded with another open letter to the singer, accusing her of “irresponsible” behavior.
The Irish singer told her to “remove her tweets immediately”.
The row began after Miley Cyrus, 20, cited Sinead O’Connor’s video Nothing Compares 2 U as an inspiration for her Wrecking Ball video.
Sinead O’Connor, 46, said she was prompted to write, “in the spirit of motherliness” after “phone calls from various newspapers” who wanted the singer-songwriter to comment upon similarities between the two videos.
In the video for Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor sheds a single tear as she performs the Prince-penned break-up ballad.
Miley Cyrus cries in the promo clip for Wrecking Ball, which shares similar lyrical themes to Sinead O’Connor’s song. But the video also finds her licking a sledgehammer and swinging on a metal demolition ball.
Miley Cyrus has hit back at Sinead O’Connor, after the Irish singer warned her not to be exploited by the music business
Sinead O’Connor said she was “extremely concerned” that those around Miley Cyrus had led or encouraged her to believe “that it is in any way <<cool>> to be n**ed and licking sledgehammers in your videos”.
Miley Cyrus, who found fame as the child star of Disney children’s show Hannah Montana, has been criticized in recent weeks for her controversial performances, particularly at the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn last month.
Sinead O’Connor continued: “The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted.. it’s so not cool Miley… it’s dangerous.”
“It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping,” added Sinead O’Connor.
Responding on Twitter, Miley Cyrus wrote: “Top of the mornin to ya.”
Miley Cyrus added a screen shot of Sinead O’Connor’s tweets from 2012 in which the Irish star, who has bi-polar disorder, referred to her own mental health problems, asking for Twitter followers to recommend a psychiatrist.
She compared the singer to former child actress Amanda Bynes, who is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment.
“I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause I’m hosting & performing on SNL this week,” Miley Cyrus continued.
Miley Cyrus also tweeted a picture of Sinead O’Connor ripping up a photograph of the pope, an infamous on-stage stunt by the singer, before asking her to “meet up and talk”.
Responding to Miley Cyrus in a third open letter, Sinead O’Connor said she would take legal action against her if she did not remove the tweets.
“You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent.
“In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help,” said Sinead O’Connor.
Sinead O’Connor added: “It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you.”
Sinead O’Connor has sent an open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her not to be exploited by the music business.
Sinead O’Connor, 46, wrote to Miley Cyrus, 20, after she cited O’Connor’s video Nothing Compares 2 U as an inspiration for her Wrecking Ball video.
“Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited,” wrote Sinead O’Connor.
Sinead O’Connor said she was prompted to write, “in the spirit of motherliness” after “dodging phone calls from various newspapers” who wanted the singer-songwriter to comment upon similarities between the two videos.
The video for Nothing Compares 2 U is principally a close-up of Sinead O’Connor, who sheds a single tear as she performs the Prince-penned break-up ballad.
Miley Cyrus cries in the promo clip for Wrecking Ball, which shares similar lyrical themes to Sinead O’Connor’s song.
Sinead O’Connor has sent an open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her not to be exploited by the music business
“I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you,” wrote Sinead O’Connor.
“It is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your s***al appeal than your obvious talent.
“You are worth more than your body or your s***al appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way,” continued the Irish singer.
“They’re there for the money, we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can REALLY [be] in control.”
Miley Cyrus, who found fame as the child star of Disney children’s show Hannah Montana, has been criticized in recent weeks for her controversial performances, most particularly at the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn last month.
“You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine,” wrote Sinead O’Connor.
“The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done.
“I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks.
“I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 years of age.
“Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women,” concluded Sinead O’Connor.
Darlene Love, Whitney Houston’s godmother, has hit out at reports the late singer’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown went “missing” following the funeral and allegedly was “doing drugs”.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, was reported to have vanished following the four-hour service in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday.
A report on Sunday claimed Bobbi Kristina was later found “getting high” by concerned family members.
However, Darlene Love, 70, insisted Bobbi Kristina was with the family the whole time and they are keeping a close-eye on her.
Darlene Love told U.S. TV show Access Hollywood last night: “Not true. Not true.
“She was with us and she was with the family the whole time… She’s been with the family these last couple of days. We all know where she is, she’s not missing.”
The Sixties singer’s denial comes after The Daily Beast website claimed Bobbi Kristina Brown failed to join the family at a Newark restaurant following the funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church.
“Everyone was freaking out and calling Bobbi Kristina’s cell,” a family friend told The Daily Beast.
“It was so much commotion and activity after the funeral that Bobbi Kristina just slipped away. [Her grandmother] Ms. Cissy [Houston] was beside herself.”
Darlene Love, Whitney Houston's godmother, has hit out at reports Bobbi Kristina Brown went “missing” following the funeral
Bobbi Kristina Brown was understandably left devastated when her 48-year-old mother was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11.
The teenager was also apparently found “getting high” after she received the news her mother had passed away and there were conflicts between family members on whether she should be taken to rehab straight away or left to mourn with them.
Darlene Love’s denial appear to contradict a family statement on Sunday, conceding the teen had some time out.
A Houston family spokesperson told The Daily Beast: “There was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina’s whereabouts last night for a short time, but she’s OK. She needed some time alone.”
The Houston family rep denied that Bobbi Kristina Brown was on drugs and said that she was just going through a “very hard time as you can expect”.
Long-time family friend BeBe Winans said he wasn’t aware of any alleged drug problems Bobbi Kristina was facing.
BeBe Winans told Access Hollywood: “I don’t know anything about rehab. I can tell you from being around her, pretty much all her life, and at the same time being around her in this dark valley, she’s doing wonderful. She’s doing wonderful.”
When asked about what part her father Bobby Brown would play in her life, Darlene Love added: “That’s really going to have to be her choice whether she wants him in her life… and I don’t think nobody is going to give her any information or try to move her one way or the other.
“That’s one decision she’s definitely going to have to make on her own.”
Bobbi Kristina is said to be upset following her parents’ divorce in 2007 and how quickly Bobby Brown moved on.
Bobby Brown, 43, has become engaged and has a two-year-old son Cassius with fiancée Alicia Etheredge.
Sinead O’Connor announced on Boxing Day that her fourth marriage to youth counselor Barry Herridge had ended after just 16 days.
Sinead O’Connor, 45, revealed on her website that the marriage was in trouble just three hours after the Las Vegas ceremony, when people close to Barry Herridge, 38, tried to “kybosh” it.
Despite the brevity of the union, it could take years for the marriage to be legally dissolved, with Irish law requiring a four-year separation.
Sinéad O’Connor posted a statement on her personal website stating that she had decided to end the marriage on Christmas Eve after just seven days of domesticity.
The Irish singer wrote: “There was intense pressure placed upon him by certain people in his life, not to be involved with me. These were people who had never met me but had formed opinions of me based on what they read about <<Sinéad O’Connor>> in the media, etc.”
Sinead O’Connor announced on Boxing Day that her fourth marriage to youth counselor Barry Herridge had ended after just 16 days
Sinead O’Connor admitted that her husband had also been very upset by a “wild ride” they took to try and buy mar**uana on their wedding night, as she doesn’t drink alcohol.
“My husband was enormously wounded and very badly affected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage,” the singer said.
Sinead O’Connor’s and Barry Herridge flew out to Las Vegas on her 45th birthday and married that day.
The Little White Wedding chapel confirmed that the marriage certificate the couple signed was a legally binding contract.
According to a staff member, both Sinead O’Connor and Barry Herridge were made aware of the implications of the ceremony before they tied the knot. And a spokeswoman from the Las Vegas church confirmed that the couple would have to take legal action to dissolve the wedding.
The spokeswoman said: “All of our ceremonies are legally binding. Occasionally, we do get couples who renew their vows. But they are the only two types of service that we do. We can’t comment on any individual weddings but all the processes are legally binding. They are made aware of that when they decide to marry with us.”
Marianna Fritz, a consultant with Irish Divorce Services, said the couple would be forced to wait at least four years before applying to terminate the marital contract.
“It doesn’t matter whether you get married in Las Vegas, Australia or Ireland – the procedure is the same,” said Marianna Fritz.
“First, they must be separated for four years and only then can they apply to have the marriage dissolved and, at that point, it is relatively straightforward.”
Alternatively, Sinead O’Connor and Barry Herridge could apply to have the marriage annulled – that is, to have it declared legally void, as if it had never happened. But according to Marianna Fritz this is an extremely difficult and costly procedure.
“They are entitled to apply, but with an annulment, you must use solicitors which is an extremely costly avenue. It is also very difficult, as there are only three, maybe four conditions that a court will accept. If either party is intoxicated or under the influence of any substances. Or if they can prove that they aren’t in a sane state of mind. Or if one of the parties is homosexual.
“Basically, once the couple have consummated the marriage it is not easy to have it annulled,” she said.
Sinead O’Connor decided to quit Twitter after she said she was “getting too much abuse”.
Sinead O’Connor, 44, follows the decision of Ashton Kutcher, who despite his 8.2 million followers, closed his account after tweeting his support for ousted US college football coach Joe Paterno, embroiled in a sex abuse scandal.
The singer blamed fans for taking her controversial sex stories “too seriously”, but credited the experience as “very interesting’.
Sinead O’Connor said: “I’ve stopped Twitter now because, although it was fun for a while, I had to stop because I was getting too much abuse.”
She also told V Magazine at the 2011 Inspiration Gala for amFAR that the social networking site was becoming an “addiction”.
The singer said: “Some people just take things so seriously, and things I was being funny about they would take terribly seriously.
“Plus, it’s a bit of an addiction; you got to stop it at some point and get on with living.”
Sinead O’Connor decided to quit Twitter after she said she was “getting too much abuse”
After splitting from third husband Steve Cooney in March, Sinead O’Connor tweeted about her search for a new love interest.
Sinead O’Connor said she was “desperate for s**”.
She wrote: “Must announce boyfriend search very much still on.
“If any1 wants a suicidal tourettes ridden fat ugly lunatic with a big fat flappy *****.”
Sinead O’Connor has since claimed that writing these articles was an interesting experience and: “I got the feeling that it was 50/50.
“Half the country was amused because it was funny, and they other half were very serious and just took it terrible seriously.
“So there was a fair bit of abuse and I thought, wait, it’s actually okay for me to be me, we can all be whoever we are.”
It also inspired her to write a new song for the record and change the title to How About I Be Me, And You Be You.
Sinead O’Connor also sparked fears in September after tweeting about her urge to commit suicide.
She later defended her outbursts, saying: “There is no shame in feeling suicidal. Nor in anyone knowing that wave passes over you sometimes.
“No one should be judged badly for however it is they choose to make their cry of help.”
Sinead O’Connor has openly written about her nonexistent intimate life in a bizarre online blog.
In a blog post entitled, “Is Sinead About To H**p Her Truck?”, Sinead O’Connor, 44, bemoans her lack of s** life, writing:
“I am in the peak of my se***l prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun. and it’s VERY depressing.”
Sinead O’Connor also claimed the man who runs her site would urge her to “take a cold shower” before revealing intimate details, but “I will of course ignore him.”
Sinead O’Connor has openly written about her nonexistent intimate life in a bizarre online blog. (Wire Image)
The outrageous title of her blog post was taken from a news article Sinead O’Connor said she read about a woman who “married and regularly h***s her truck.”
The Irish star wrote: “I’m beginning to understand her head space”- claiming she is so “desperate for s**”.
Then, Sinead O’Connor continued: “My s**t-uation se***lly/affectionately speaking is so dire that inanimate objects are starting to look good as are inappropriate and/or unavailable men and/or inappropriate and/or unavailable fruits and vegetables.”
“Needless to say what I do for a living makes it hard for me to find men that only want me cuz they like my (legendary) a**e.”
The Irish singer then joked about joining a dating service, requesting no-one younger than 44, no one named Brian or Nigel and stating they “Must be blind enough to think I’m gorgeous.”
The rambling revelations are particularly unusual as Sinead O’Connor came out as a lesbian in 2000, but is writing about her search for a man.
Before she signed off, Sinead O’Connor wrote: “I must end now as I have a hot date with a banana.”
Four days later, Sinead blogged again that she had found a man, saying: “Search called off for now. Suitable man found.
“Filled by an extremely sweet, kind, very respectful, considerate but absolutely FILTHY minded, un-inhibited RUDE s** maniac named John. and no.. I don’t mean John Waters.”
John Waters is her ex-partner and father to her daughter Brigidine.
However she then discovered said John had a pregnant girlfriend and has since reopened the campaign.
Sinead O’Connor has been married three times and has four children.