SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sinead O’Connor has emotionally pleaded for help and opened up about her struggles with mental illness in a rambling Facebook video.
The 50-year-old Irish singer says in the video posted Thursday that she was staying alive for the sake of others and if it were up to her, she’d “be gone.”
O’Connor said she was living in a New Jersey motel and later posted the address of a Travelodge in South Hackensack. South Hackensack Police Capt. Robert Kaiser says officers conducted a welfare check, but O’Connor wasn’t in her room at the time. He says she is no longer staying there and police don’t know where she is currently living.
A follow-up Facebook post said to be made on O’Connor’s behalf late Monday said the singer was OK.
“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 has been open about her mental health problems over the years and previously said she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The singer was found in a Chicago-area hotel room last year after a call from a concerned doctor prompted a search by authorities.
The singer topped charts across the globe in 1990 with her cover of Prince’s ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She was sharply criticized two years later after ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on “Saturday Night Live.”