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Sinead O'Connor on Love, The Vatican


As the singer prepares to drop her next album, she speaks about her recent troubles

Sinead O'Connor is tired of all the drama.

In today's New York Times,the one-time lesbian and "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer talks about her recent appearances in the headlines--her sexually-explicit online personal ad, her Las Vegas marriage, her January suicide attempt--and ultimately decides to retreat from the limelight for the time being. She's opened up a private Twitter account that's only available to friends, and she's vowed to stop oversharing online (O'Connor has been receiving a lot of negative publicity lately for her attention-grabbing tweets and blog posts.)

Thankfully for O'Connor, 2012 is shaping up to be a year of mostly good publicity. Her new album, How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?, is set to drop on February 20, and it's been getting good early reviews. That's just the kind of buzz that O'Connor wants right now: she told the Times that she'd like to be known for "making music and fighting the Vatican," and nothing else. Plus, she has four children, three dogs and a cat to take care of: she doesn't want reporters constantly harassing them at home.

And then, of course, there's her husband, 38-year-old Barry Herridge. O'Connor and Herridge have apparently split twice since their December wedding (which was coincidentally held in the same chapel where Britney Spears began her 55-hour marriage to Jason Allen Alexander in 2004.) However, they are now "back together and firmly in love," as the Times reports.

Just in time for Valentines Day!

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