Sinead O'Connor on Love, The Vatican
As the singer prepares to drop her next album, she speaks about her recent troubles
February 10 2012 2:08 PM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
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!