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How Tubs' desperate text lured Sinead to Late Late

LATE Late Show host Ryan Tubridy promised singer Sinead O'Connor there would be "no drama", in a desperate plea to get her on the show.

The singer did turn up for her much-hyped RTE interview last night but viewers were left disappointed as it lasted only 10 minutes.

She was kept backstage for more than two and a half hours before been brought into studio at 11.30pm.

The Herald can reveal that Tubridy begged O'Connor to appear after she pulled out midweek in a row over the type of questions she would be asked.

He texted her on Wednesday night to promise that he would go easy on her and wouldn't try to exploit her recent comments about needing sex.

As a result, last night's interview was almost completely steered by the Nothing Compares 2 U star.

Tubridy texted the star while she was live on Classic Hits 4FM with Niall Boylan on Wednesday night.

Boylan revealed to the Herald that Sinead received a message from Ryan which read "Please call me, no drama, just need to talk".

The international best-seller -- who also performed at Electric Picnic yesterday -- arrived on the RTE set barefoot and wearing a purple dress to loud applause.

She spoke openly about the controversy she sparked since revealing that she wanted a new man.

"To be honest, I have not had sex for seven months. I can't handle it. I am not in love with my vibrator, I like it but I can't really cuddle it," she said.

"I had 97,000 hits on my website the other day. It crashed. So I've got a man for everybody in the audience," she joked.