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Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Sinead O'Connor is gone - I'm fed up being defined as a crazy person'

Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor will appear on Dr Phil next week, kicking off the 16th season of the popular American TV show by discussing her struggles with mental health issues.

The singer-songwriter speaks about her relationship with her mother and goes on to state that she is planning to change her name.

"Sinead O'Connor is gone," say the 50-year-old Dubliner. "That person's gone.

"I'm fed up of being defined as the crazy person, the child abuse survivor."

The interview also covers the state of O'Connor's mental health.

Last month, she shared a tearful 12-minute video on Facebook from a New Jersey motel room, during which she admitted to feeling suicidal.

She tells Dr Phil that on eight occasions in one year she tried to kill herself.

"For you to have the courage to candidly and openly talk about this gives others the courage to come forward and seek the help they need," Dr Phil tells her in a trailer for the interview.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, Dr Phil spoke about the interview with O'Connor, revealing that she first made contact with him.

Trouble

"You've seen her video she's posted on Facebook and all, from motel rooms in New Jersey," he said.

"She really has had a difficult time, and she said, 'Look, I'm in trouble. I need help'. And she called.

"She said, 'I want to de-stigmatise mental illness. I clearly have a problem. Too many musicians are dying. I want to use my life, be a teaching tool. I'm willing to sit down and talk'."

O'Connor caused alarm last month with her Facebook post. In the video, she tearfully said she had been living alone for two years, was suffering from her mental illness and was angry and suicidal.

A statement posted to her Facebook page days later said the singer was safe, not suicidal, and was "receiving the best of care".

In the Dr Phil promo, the American TV star tells O'Connor: "I'm really sorry it took me this long to find you."

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