Sinead O’Connor has canceled her tour commitments for 2012 due to a breakdown related to her much publicized struggle with bipolar disorder. She personally made the announcement on April 23, in a posting on her website and Facebook page. Her announcement read:
“With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bipolar disorder. As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn’t want to ‘fail’ or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release. So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am. I apologize sincerely for any difficulties this may cause. While touring will be cancelled I do hope and plan to appear at the Curtis Mayfield tribute in The Lincoln Centre in July.”
Five years ago O’Connor appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” revealing her disorder and thoughts of suicide.
O’Connor released How About I Be Me (And You Be You) in March, her first release in five years. But the 45-year-old’s return to the spotlight has been complicated with reported suicide threats and erratic behavior. Recently she began posting online seeking a job outside of the music industry. “Any1 have a job 4 v clever woman with massive heart and courage, who adores people and has to escape music bizniz as is v bad for her?” she wrote. “Must be Dublin or Wicklow based job and require love of people. NOT showbiz job.” Last year she also began a public search for a husband, resulting in marrying drug counselor Barry Herridge in December. The couple split two weeks later. She has chronicled the failure of her marriage and attempts at reconciliation as well as her sex life in detail online.
Sinead O’Connor’s last album, How About I Be Me (and You Be You), was very well received in February this year. You can listen to the title track from the album below as well as her cover of Queen Of Denmark