Sinead O’Connor has postponed all of her gigs in 2021, so she can enter a year-long trauma and addiction treatment programme. The singer reveals she is struggling with a drug addiction and the death of a loved one.
She had plenty of gigs coming up in Ireland, Netherlands and the US but they are all postponed until 2022.
In the past, Sinéad has been open about her mental health struggles and confesses she has never known how to live a “normal life”. Sinéad took to Twitter to explain her decision.
“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. I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts”.
Sinead explains she “lost someone beloved,” affecting her so badly that she became briefly addicted to a drug “other than weed”.
Sinead said she “grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse” and has been addicted to weed for 34 years. The singer then went straight into the music business and never learned how to make a normal life.
“Never took proper time to heal. Wasn’t ready to either.”
Sinéad promises a better 2022
Sinéad apologised to fans and asked them to be “supportive and understanding”. She told fans to hold onto their tickets for rescheduled shows and promised to return with a new album and tour in 2022.
The singer is also a mum-of-four and she revealed one of her kids had recently suffered a serious illness.
“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.
“[Taking] 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.
Sinéad is asking her agents and promoters to look into their souls regarding that and to support her on her journey. She is taking this step toward making a life she is 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.”
Fans of the performer flooded Sinéad with well-wishes after opening up about her decision.
Sinead will enter treatment next week. The singer promises fans she will release a “s***-kicking” album before then before the launch of her autobiography next June.