Sinead O’Connor “Quite Unwell”

I received two emails from a local promoter yesterday.  The first (received at 10:22 am) announced a second Sinead O’Connor show after the first one sold out.  The second (which arrived a few hours later), announced that both shows had been cancelled.

Why?  Sinead continues a very public struggle with her mental health which she describes as “bipolar disorder.”  She wrote this on her website (which seems to have gone down as I write this):

With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bipolar disorder.

As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn’t want to ‘fail’ or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release.

This is a real shame because I find her new album, How About I Be Me (and You Be You) to be quite brilliant.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “Sinead O’Connor “Quite Unwell”

  • April 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Her album is brilliant, however a tour just months after a breakdown is not the best thing for regaining one's health. From what is understood, the tour schedule was not approved by her or her team, and criss-crossed back and forth across NA and Europe. Someone with health problems, whether it's physical or emotional needs rest and routine for recovery. The fact that she is strong enough to recognize that to continue the tour would be detrimental to her health (and ultimately to the health of her children) should be praised. Mental illness affects every family in some form. Sinead speaking out about something that is 'taboo', but very personal & close to her heart is not new…she's been doing it for 20+ years. By supporting her while she goes through this struggle, we can raise awareness and support the millions of people in our society that suffer from the same. Alienation, finger-pointing, shame & ridicule should not go hand-in-hand with mental illness.

  • April 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Good on her. Recognizing you have a health problem is a HUGE first step. Admitting that something you love doing could aggravate that problem & taking steps towards being healthy is a VERY positive step. I live & love with a person with BPD, so I know what she's going through. Going public with it benefits not just her, but everyone who struggles with it constantly. My hat goes off to her, my heart goes out to her.


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