Sinéad O’Connor has retracted her recent retirement announcement, claiming it to be a “knee jerk reaction” to upsetting interviews held with UK and Canadian broadcasters.
The retirement plans, which were announced just days ago, will not be taking place just yet. Instead, O’Connor has done a total U-turn and confirmed that she will now be fulfilling her planned tour dates for 2022.
“All interviewers were asked to please be sensitive and not ask about child abuse or dig deep into painful shit about mental health which would be traumatising for me to have to think about,” O’Connor said in a post to social media. “Every fuggin time I go to sell a record for 30 years, it’s ‘aren’t you mental? aren’t you an asshole? aren’t you invalid?’” she added.
Continuing: “I said I was retiring. As I have said many times before in knee jerk reactions when I was young and made the butt of media abuse on the grounds I’m legally vulnerable. The hugest misconception (I’m always asked this but never answer) of ‘Sinead O’Connor’ is that she is Amazonian. I’m not. I’m a five-foot, four-inch soft-hearted female who is actually very fragile.
“But I love my job. Making music that is. I don’t like the consequences of being a talented (and outspoken woman) being that I have to wade through walls of prejudice every day to make a living. But I am born for live performance and with the astonishing love and support I have received in the last few days and will continue to receive from Rob Prinz and all at ICM, as well as many managers and buyers and fans, I feel safe in retracting my expressed wish to retire.”
See the statement, below.