Sinéad O’Connor has announced via Twitter that she is postponing her 2021 tour to 2022 to take some time to heal from the past six years of trauma.

“Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one year trauma and addiction treatment program,” O’Connor wrote. “I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts.”

In a thread of tweets following her initial announcement, O’Connor talked about what pushed her to seek out therapy and rehab, and implored her fans to be patient with her.

This year I lost someone beloved and [it] has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed,” O’Connor explained.

I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime.

I grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse. I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life.

“Never took proper time to heal. Wasn’t ready to either.

I would ask you please to be supportive and understanding and to hold onto your tickets for 2022 because I will be back with a new album and tour.”

O’Conner then proceeded to explain that this break had been a long time coming – and that she needed to take it if she planned to continue pursuing music.

The last year has been very traumatic also due to one of my kids being unwell and the child is thriving now thank god but the mom needs TLC.

If I take this time to heal, I will be fit for a lifetime of touring. If I don’t, I won’t.

If you knew the six years I’ve had, you know what I’m talking about. And I will explain very clearly in 2022

Music business is a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health issues.

Finally, O’Connor started to talk about the future, leaving her fans on a positive note with the promise of a new album and a political message.

I would ask my agents and promoters to look into their souls regarding that and to support me in taking this step toward making a life I am happy in. So that we can all make some money !!!

“If taking this step means my career is over then so be it. As Mary Oliver says, I must save the only life I can.

But I do got one shit kicking album [to put] out before I go ; )

“My memoir will come out as planned in June 2021 and I will be promoting it online

Thank you for your understanding.

Treatment begins next week so I’ll still be posting here until then,” O’Connor finished. “Mostly about what a total twat Trump is. And how he’s way too stupid not to be clever. They may as well just have Putin openly in charge of America since he’s been running it for four years anyway.

This is not O’Connor’s first time making major announcements over social media. Just two years ago, the singer announced in a now-deleted tweet that she would be converting to Islam and adopting the name Shuhada. At the time, O’Connor had to call out numerous people who responded to the announcement with hate.

O’Connor has also used Facebook as a place to make big announcements before, most famously through a series of suicide scares, at first threatening to overdose, then talking about struggles with self-isolation and mental health. Her subsequent temporary ban from Facebook in 2015 was more than likely one of many issues she referred to when talking about her struggles over the past six years.

Now, however, O’Connor is receiving waves of praise from fans for taking time for herself to heal, particularly since new allegations against Pope John Paul II have emerged, specifically that he was told about pedophile priests but took no action against them, redeeming her from a 1992 scandal in which she tore up the Pope’s photo on SNL.


Leave a comment

Subscribe to the uInterview newsletter

Read more about: