Sinead O’Connor cancels all gigs this year citing son’s serious illness
Singer Sinead O’Connor has revealed that her son is facing a “life-threatening illness” as she cancels all gigs this year.
The 48-year-old made the revelation on Facebook, during which she apologised profusely for cancelling her tours.
The Nothing Compares 2 You singer wrote:
“My child has been suffering with a life-threatening medical condition since early March 2015.
“It is the type of condition my child will definitely survive, if correct care is taken and is supervised by myself.
“Otherwise there is no guarantee. That is the plain truth.
“Needless to say, this has been and remains a severe family crisis.
“Like any mother, I have been up all day and night every day and night since I found out my child is suffering.
“Studying and learning all I can so that I might help not only the suffering child, but those of my other children who are naturally affected by the situation.”
Of performing at UFC champion Conor McGregor’s fight in Las Vegas in June, she said: “Seven nights before I arrived in Las Vegas for the Conor McGregor fight, my child took a turn for worst, and I became frightened.
“There are not many services or much support for children and families in this situation in Ireland.
“So you’re on you’re own when the s**t’s hitting the fan.”
In addition to her son’s illness, O’Connor mentioned her own exhaustion, and said she has her own condition for which she received surgery last year.
She wrote: “Since I am no longer physically or mentally or emotionally capable of focusing on anything but my child’s recovery, and on the massive changes in our lives which are now necessary for me to make in order to maintain the wellbeing of all my children.
“I have also been separately instructed by my own doctor, not to work.
“I have been advised that the only solution to the menstrual situation is to have a hysterectomy, which would clearly be better done sooner rather than later if I’m to manage so much as making it up the road to Tesco, never mind keeping my children safe.”
Going on, however, O’Connor expressed worry that she had to continue working in order to feed her family.
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She said: “I work not only because I love live performance, but so that I can keep what little is left of what I saved from the 90s safe, because I need to raise my children until the 8 and a half year old is at least eighteen.
“Like everyone in the music business, I’ve been ripped off left, right and centre. I consequently do not at all have the kind of money people think I might have.”
She concluded: “My lovely child is priceless.
“And so therefore am I, because he needs me more than anyone else does.”
The Irish singer last year revealed that she was looking to date women – because it “ain’t really working out” with men.
The outspoken ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer – who has been married four times – has given several different accounts of her sexuality in the past.