Sinead O’Connor has written a fourth open letter to Miley Cyrus, this time insisting the 20-year-old US singer apologise for her ‘abuse’ of people with mental health issues.
The Irish singer wrote that she would “very much like” Miley to apologise to herself and American child-star Amanda Bynes who is currently undergoing psychiatric care.
“Until you exposed me (and Amanda Bynes) to abuse on the grounds of my having sought help (extremely coherently) to save my life, when experiencing suicidal compulsion as a side effect of a medication called Tegretol, I had no problem with you whatsoever,” Sinead wrote in the latest of her open letter to Miley.
“I would very much like you please to apologise to myself and Amanda Bynes for having perpetuated abuse of both of us on the grounds that Amanda has had ‘mental health issues’ and that I experienced suicidal compulsion and was open about seeking help in order to save my life.
“This should also involve an apology to all sufferers of mental health difficulties and all those who have had experience of suicidal feelings or who have been affected by suicide,” she added.
The spat between Cyrus and O’Connor began when the Dublin singer O’Connor penned an open letter to the young pop star, warning her about the dangers of being exploited by the music industry.
“Nothing but harm will come in the long run from allowing yourself to be exploited,” the singer wrote.
Cyrus responded to the letter on Twitter by comparing O'Connor to Bynes and posting a picture of tweets sent by the 46-year-old Dubliner two years ago when O’Connor wrote that she needed to see a psychiatrist.
O’Connor continued to write that Miley should take responsibility of the fact that she admits she’s an idol for many young girls.
“You’ve acknowledged most of your fans are “very young”. You might therefore consider being careful regarding what signals you send those of them who may be feeling suicidal and would now be afraid to say so,” O’Connor wrote.
The 46-year-old also said Miley “encouraged enormous abuse” of herself and Amanda Bynes.
“Look Miley, what you did to myself and Amanda encouraged enormous abuse of us both, publicly and privately. And will certainly have made it difficult for young people who admire you and who may be suffering with mental health problems or suicidal ideation to feel they can be open and seek help, since you had us mocked for seeking help,” O’Connor wrote.
O’Connor finished her letter by saying her first had been written in the “spirit of motherly care”.
“You’re entitled to have told me to go f**k myself if u liked [sic],” she concluded.
“But to respond to it in a way that has caused so much personal harm and damage to me and to people who may struggle currently with suicidal feelings.”