Sinead O'Connor appears on TV's Dr Phil: 'Look, I'm in trouble - I need help'
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 opens up about her relationship with her mother, and goes on to state that she is planning to make a big change in her life by changing her name.
"Sinead O'Connor is gone," the singer (50) says. "That person's gone."
"I am fed up of being defined as the crazy person, the child abuse survivor."
The interview also covers the state of Ms O'Connor's mental health. Last month, Ms O'Connor shared a tearful 12-minute video to Facebook from a New Jersey motel room, during which she professed to feeling suicidal.
She tells Dr Phil she tried to kill herself eight times in one year.
"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 during a teaser for the TV interview.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, Dr Phil spoke about the interview with Ms O'Connor, revealing that she initiated contact with him.
"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-stigmatize 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.'"
Dr Phil's interview with Ms O'Connor is set to air on Tuesday, September 12.
Additional reporting by Cover Media.
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