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Sinead O’Connor has shocked fans with an apparent ‘suicide note’ posted to her Facebook page late Sunday night (Monday morning AEDT).
The rambling post highlighted the family issues and career struggles that have plagued the star in recent years, with the distressing update reading:
“The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect.
I am not at home, I’m at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name.
If I wasn’t posting this, my kids and family wouldn’t even find out.
Was dead for another fortnight since none of them bother their hole with me for a minute. I could have been dead here for weeks already and they’d never have known.”
The ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer had a successful year in 2015, playing at festivals across Canada and Norway. However, she slipped in the past fortnight, and has been in hospital on suicide watch.
Police are unsure about the details surrounding her discharge and the fallout that followed.
Thankfully, Sinead was discovered safe by the Gardai (Irish police), and was taken immediately to hospital where she remains “distraught but safe”.
The Irish superstar has publicly discussed her mental health issues in the past, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression in her 30s. However, in 2014, Sinead said she was misdiagnosed, and in fact suffering from PTSD.