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Sinead O'Connor: 'Do not f**k with me or my husband'

This was Sinead O'Connor's warning to Niamh Horan when she asked the drug-using singer's husband about his job as a drug counsellor

Niamh Horan

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

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LOVED UP: Sinead O'Connor and her husband Barry Herridge together in Dublin last week
LOVED UP: Sinead O'Connor and her husband Barry Herridge together in Dublin last week

'DO not fuck with me or my husband." Those were singer Sinead O'Connor's words of warning to me last week.

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It came after I raised questions over the conflict of interest between her husband's job -- counselling drug-addicted teenagers -- and pictures of him being splashed all over the tabloids last week after being re-united with the woman who took him on her "wild" search for marijuana on their wedding night.

When newly-wed Barry Herridge was approached by the Sunday Independent to ask if he would talk about the evident clash between his professional life and the activities of his bride, the singer wasted little time issuing a series of threats and abusive warnings in his defence.

In a sequence of expletive-ridden phone calls and voicemails to the Sunday Independent, the Nothing Compares to You singer warned: "You better make sure you don't bump into me... I mean it. Do not fuck with me or my husband."

The intimidating message came after I contacted Mr Herridge's employer at SASSY -- a service dealing with vulnerable young drug-users -- to enquire whether or not Mr Herridge may be giving the wrong impression to the young people he counsels by rekindling his high-profile relationship with a woman who has openly admitted to using drugs.

Mr Herridge took the call and refused to answer questions about his honeymoon night where he was taken along by O'Connor in her search for drugs in a seedy part of Las Vegas.

O'Connor married Herridge, a therapist, in Las Vegas on December 8 but split with him on December 24. The hair-raising adventure was part of the reason for the breakdown of their 16-day marriage. O'Connor admitted she had "frightened Barry" and "messed everything up".

But now that Mr Herridge has decided to return to his drug-taking wife without addressing serious concerns over the message it is sending to young people who seek help from him.

That's why I phoned his work-place. Mr Herridge politely declined the offer -- but later this newspaper was contacted by O'Connor who demanded an apology to both her and her husband and wrongly alleged that the paper threatened to have Mr Herridge removed from his job.

"I expect you to ring myself and apologise. I expect you to ring my husband and apologise ... I am reporting you also to the police."

The pair have been involved in a whirlwind romance that famously began after O'Connor wrote a piece for the the Sunday Independent newspaper looking for a mate.

She eventually met Herridge who became her fourth husband in a high profile wedding in Las Vegas, complete with a pink Cadillac, last December.

But things quickly went downhill on their honeymoon night when Sinead brought Barry on a taxi ride with her while she sought out drugs for herself.

Elaborating on the "wild ride," she told a British tabloid: "We ended up in a cab in some place that was quite dangerous. I wasn't scared -- but a drugs counsellor. What was I thinking?

"Then I was handed a load of crack," she added.

Earlier last week, O'Connor announced the reunion after a short-lived break-up, tweeting: "Guess who had a mad love-making affair with her own husband last night?"

The 46-year-old went on: "We decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend again and stay married but we did rush so we gonna return to b-friend g-friend and be sickenly happy an go counsellin an move in like a yr regular people... but stay married," she added, using Twitter shorthand.

Sunday Independent

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