O’Con­nor lets out cry for help on Face­book post

Let­ter­man com­ing back in Net­flix talk show

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Sinead O’Con­nor made an emo­tional plea for help from her fam­ily and opened up about her men­tal ill­ness in a Face­book video posted from a New Jersey mo­tel she had been liv­ing in.

The video is the lat­est pub­lic glimpse of the singer’s on­go­ing strug­gle with men­tal health prob­lems.

The 50-year-old Ir­ish singer says in the 12-minute video posted Thurs­day that she was stay­ing alive for the sake of oth­ers, like her psychiatrist, and if it were up to her, she’d “be gone.”

“I’m fight­ing, fight­ing, fight­ing, fight­ing — like all the mil­lions and mil­lions that I know I’m one of — to stay alive ev­ery day,” she said in the video.

O’Con­nor lamented what she de­scribed is a lack of sup­port from loved ones, say­ing that “strangers on Face­book” are kinder to her than her own fam­ily. She asked her adult chil­dren and their fa­thers to make an ef­fort to bring her home to Ire­land.

“It should not be ac­cept­able to any man who knows me and claims to love and care about me that I’m still sit­ting here af­ter two years and I’m beg­ging ... to be brought home,” she said through tears.

O’Con­nor said she was liv­ing in a New Jersey Trav­elodge and later posted the ad­dress of a Trav­elodge in South Hack­en­sack.

South Hack­en­sack Po­lice Capt. Robert Kaiser said Tues­day that of­fi­cers con­ducted a wel­fare check, but O’Con­nor wasn’t in her room at the time. He said she is no longer stay­ing there and po­lice don’t know where she is cur­rently liv­ing. An email sent to her agent wasn’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.

A fol­low-up Face­book post on O’Con­nor’s page late Mon­day, said to be made on the singer’s be­half, said the singer is safe and not sui­ci­dal.

“She is sur­rounded by love and re­ceiv­ing the best of care,” the post read.

David Let­ter­man, who said good­bye to his lon­grun­ning talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Net­flix.

Net­flix an­nounced Tues­day that the six­episode se­ries has Let­ter­man com­bin­ing two pri­mary in­ter­ests: in-depth con­ver­sa­tions and in-the­field seg­ments sparked by his cu­rios­ity and hu­mour. In each hour-long episode, Let­ter­man will con­duct a long-form con­ver­sa­tion with a sin­gle guest and ex­plore top­ics of his own out­side the stu­dio.

The se­ries, not yet ti­tled, is set to pre­miere in 2018.

In 33 years on late-night tele­vi­sion, Let­ter­man hosted 6,028 episodes of NBC’s Late Night and CBS’ Late Show, and is the longest-run­ning late-night broad­caster in Amer­i­can his­tory. He has won 10 Em­mys and two Pe­abody awards. He stepped down from the Late Show in May 2015.

Let­ter­man said he feels “ex­cited and lucky to be work­ing on this project for Net­flix.” He added these words of wis­dom: “If you re­tire to spend more time with your fam­ily, check with your fam­ily first.”

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