ASBURY PARK, N.J. – If Sinead O’Connor is in New Jersey, chances are it’s not a happy story.
O’Connor, the Irish-born singer whose hits include Nothing Compares 2 U, Mandinka and Troy, is battling mental illness and a kidney stone while living in a Travelodge motel in Hackensack, N.J., she said in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday.
“I’m all by myself and there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist, the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero, and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment … and that’s kind of pathetic,” O’Connor said. “I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.”
A posting on O’Connor’s Facebook page early Tuesday morning stated that the singer was “safe, and she is not suicidal. She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care,” said the anonymous poster with access to O’Connor’s page. “She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her.”
On The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, O’Connor stated she had bipolar disorder, yet years later, on the show, she said she wasn’t bipolar. In 2016, O’Connor was reported missing by her son Jake Reynolds, but she was later found at a hotel.
“Why are we alone? People who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on Earth,” O’Connor, 50, said. “You’ve got to take care of us. We’re not like everybody.
“If you have a family member that suffers from mental illness, care for them, tenderness, love, care for them. Visit them in the hospital, don’t dump them in the hospital and bugger off.”
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