Saturday 27 December 2014

I'm only remaining in Ireland for my children's sake - Sinead O'Connor

Published 04/08/2014 | 08:32

Sinead O'Connor at the premiere of Stalker at Dundrum. Picture credit; Damien Eagers  26/2/2014
Sinead O'Connor

Singer Sinead O'Connor said she only remains living in Ireland for the sake of her children.

The Nothing Compares to You performer said that she would renounce her Irish nationality if she could.

Sinead (47) has just launched a new album ahead of appearances at Electric Picnic and in the National Concert Hall this month.

But she said that although her popularity is on the rise once more, she would prefer to have little to do with the country.

"I don't identify with being Irish at all," she said.

"I researched if there was any way I could renounce my Irish citizenship. I can't unless I marry some idiot. For the Children's Referendum, only 33pc could be bothered to get off their arse and vote yes or no. From that night, I renounced my Irishness. I had an Irish flag painted up outside my house. I had it painted the Rasta colours the next day."

"The only reason I live in Ireland is for a safer place for my children," she added. "If they were adults, I'd f**k off somewhere else."

The Bray native has battled with mental health problems in the public eye.

And she said that she has addressed many of her issues in her new album.

The mum-of-four said that the songs helped her address her bipolar diagnosis and attempted suicide.

Sinead said that she wouldn't want them listening to some tracks on her new album because of their content - particularly the standout track Eight Good Reasons.

"I probably wouldn't want them (to listen)," she said.

"One doesn't like one's children to have to deal with one's s**t. You wouldn't want them to think you were upset any more than necessary."

"I'd be careful about what I'd want my kids to hear," she added.

Sinead also said that she will be more cautious in future when it comes to discussing her personal life.

"I learned something dreadfully important in the past two-and-a-half years," she said. "It was that things have changed in this country, that if one discusses one's loved ones, then loved ones become targets. I vowed I wouldn't create that situation for people I love."

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