Singer Sinead O’Connor was reportedly hospitalized Thursday after posting a series of emotionally distressing statements on Twitter. The 55-year-old, most famous for her song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” just recently lost her son, Shane, when he committed suicide last week.
The unimaginable toll of losing her son has laid very heavy on the Irish singer, who sought treatment for her own suicidal thoughts Thursday morning.
“I’ve decided to follow my son. There is no point living without him,” Sinead wrote in a since-deleted Twitter thread. “Everything I touch, I ruin. I only stayed for him. And now he’s gone. I’ve destroyed my family. My kids don’t want to know me. I am a s**t person. And you all only think I’m nice because I can sing. I’m not.”
“I don’t deserve to live and everyone who knows me will be better off without me,” she continued. “I am sorry for all the harm I caused.”
Thankfully, Sinead O’Connor was able to get ahold of first responders who could help her get to a hospital where she is now receiving treatment. It is unknown where she is staying, but it was confirmed by news outlets that the singer is OK and subsequent apology tweets on the social media platform.
Updating fans a few hours later, Sinead apologized and stated, “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.”
“I am with cops now on way to hospital. I’m sorry I upset everyone,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am lost without my kid and I hate myself. Hospital will help a while. But I’m going to find Shane. This is just a delay.”
Sinead O’Connor also revealed that she has been alone for the last three days and that she was feeling incredibly lonely. Friday morning, she updated fans once more, apologizing again for worrying them.
“I’m sorry for what I tweeted yesterday, I’m very upset,” she wrote. “My son was the love of my life.”
Last weekend, police found 17-year-old Shane O’Connor dead after he escaped from Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin, where he was on suicide watch.
In emotionally devastating posts on Twitter, Sinead O’Connor called out to her son after she was alerted that he was able to slip past guards in the middle of the night. She pleaded to him and begged him not to harm himself.
“My world would collapse without you. You are my heart,” she wrote to him at the time. “Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai [police station] and let’s get you to hospital.”
After police reported his death, Sinead blamed Tallaght University Hospital and threatened them with lawsuits. She has since rescinded and apologized but was very upset in the moment.
“How has a seventeen year old traumatized young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hospital’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing???” she said in since-deleted posts on Twitter. “I want to know why Lynn Ward at Tallaght Hospital who were supposed to have HCA’s Supervise my child 24/7 Have managed to let him out of their grasp this morning when 7 days age he made two severe suicide attempts.”
“May no one follow his example,” Sinead O’Connor tweeted.
She also said at the time that Ireland’s Child and Family Agency, Tusla, had yet to reach out to her.
“Please know that there are many people in this weird virtual world who genuinely care about you,” another commenter wrote. “I was so concerned when I saw your posts yesterday, but I absolutely understood your feelings, if sharing those feelings has help you in any way then that’s a good thing.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.