Sinead O’Con­nor pleads for help, says she’s liv­ing in mo­tel

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TENTON, N.J. — Sinead O’Con­nor emo­tion­ally pleaded for help from her fam­ily and opened up about her men­tal ill­ness in a ram­bling 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 video that she was stay­ing alive for the sake of oth­ers, like her psy­chi­a­trist, and if it were up to her, she’d “be gone.’’ 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.

A fol­lowup 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.

O’Con­nor has been open about her men­tal health prob­lems over the years and pre­vi­ously said she was di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der.

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