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Annie Lennox Pens Powerful Post In Support Of Sinead O’Connor

Annie Lennox Pens Powerful Post In Support Of Sinead O’Connor
Updated 9 months ago

On August 5th, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor posted this 12-minute video to Facebook, admitting she is suicidal and living in a New Jersey motel:

On Tuesday, August 8th, British musician Annie Lennox saw the video and posted her support for O'Connor, saying:

I just watched this truly distressing call for help by Sinead O'Connor, from a motel room in New Jersey, where she says there's no one there to help her, with the exception of a psychiatrist and a doctor. I realise that Sinead has some serious mental health issues, but she appears to be completely out on a limb and I'm concerned for her safety. 

Lennox asks:

Are there no close friends or family who could be with her to give her some loving support? It's terrible to see her in such a vulnerable state. 

In her video, Sinead spoke about her situation:

I’m fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting,’ she sobbed, ‘like all the millions and millions that I know I’m one of — to stay alive every day.
I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video. Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a s*** who you are, and, equally, what’s worse, it’s the stigma. It doesn’t give a s*** who you are.

After the video went viral, this post appeared on O'Connor's personal Facebook page to calm fans who feared for Sinead's wellbeing:

Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead's request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal. She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care. She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I won't respond to any questions, so please understand. I hope this comforts those of you were concerned.

O'Connor is currently embroiled in a legal battle with former collaborator and lover Fachtna O’Ceallaigh, who claims Sinead "terminated their business relationship without warning and defamed him in a letter published on her website and a fan’s website. He is seeking damages of around $500,000 (£452,000)."

O'Connor told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that before her bipolar diagnosis she had struggled with thoughts of suicide and overwhelming fear. Lennox is right to ask if anyone in O'Connor's life may be able to reach out - we all need a support network to help us through the most difficult times. That is, after all, why she posted her video in the first place: