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Overview (4)

Born in Dublin, Ireland
Birth NameSinéad Marie-Bernadette O'Connor
Nickname Shuhada' Davitt
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sinéad O'Connor was born on December 8, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland as Sinéad Marie-Bernadette O'Connor. She has been married to Barry Herridge since December 8, 2011. She was previously married to Steve Cooney, Nicholas Sommerlad and John Reynolds.

Spouse (4)

Barry Herridge (8 December 2011 - present) ( separated)
Steve Cooney (22 July 2010 - 2011) ( divorced)
Nicholas Sommerlad (7 July 2001 - 10 February 2004) ( divorced)
John Reynolds (1987 - 1991) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Shaven head
Outspoken personality

Trivia (22)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]
She made news in 1990 when she announced she would refuse to go onstage at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey if "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed. The venue heeded her demand. Afterwards she was informed that she will no longer be invited to perform at the Arts Center.
Caused a huge international stir when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, live, on Saturday Night Live (1975) (on October 3, 1992), while shouting "Fight the true evil!" after singing an a capella version of Bob Marley's "War". Almost immediately, NBC received over a thousand phone calls with complaints. NBC, to this day, refuses to ever reair the incident, and all subsequent reruns of that show have a pre-show recording of her singing the song.
Once worked as a "Kiss-O-Gram" girl in Dublin.
When she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category for "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" (1990), she refused to accept it making her the first recording artist to rebuff N.A.R.A.S. Thus, the title of the song became somewhat prophetic
Ranked #35 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Had a bitter three-year battle with ex-boyfriend, Irish journalist John Waters, for full custody rights of their daughter Roisin. The singer decided to turn over the baby to her father, just four days after she attempted suicide by swallowing 20 valium tablets. [1999]
In 2003, announced she had fibromyalgia, a illness known for causing incredible fatigue. This was a factor in her retirement from music.
Retired from music in 2003 to raise her three children, but announced in February 2005 that she was returning to the business.
Was ordained as a Latin Tridentine Church priest by a rebel bishop; her adopted religious name was Mother Bernadette Mary.
A few weeks after her notorious Saturday Night Live appearance, she appeared at a benefit concert with Kris Kristofferson. When her name was announced, the crowd responded with what appeared to be a dead-even split between cheering and booing. Due to this rare reaction, she immediately scrapped her scheduled song (the keyboardist started playing and she waved for him to stop, which he did) and sang "War" again (the song she sang on SNL), then left the stage and broke down crying in Kristofferson's arms.
Expecting fourth child, first with partner Frank Bonadio, due Christmas Eve 2006.
Winner of the 1991 Brit Award for International Female.
Is a Vegan.
Gave birth to her first child at age 20, a son Jake Reynolds on June 16, 1987. Child's father is her first husband, John Reynolds.
Gave birth to her second child at age 29, a daughter Brigidine Róisíne Waters on March 6, 1996. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, John Waters.
Gave birth to her third child at age 37, a son Shane Lunny on March 10, 2004. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Donal Lunny.
Gave birth to her fourth child at age 40, a son Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadino on December 19, 2006. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Frank Bonadino.
Was incarcerated in one of the notorious Magdalene Asylums during her teens for shoplifting.
Re-establishing Herself as a prominent Musician by Releasing Séan-Nos Nua, an Album of Traditional Irish Folk tunes, as well as New Music. [October 2002]
Sister of renowned Irish author and broadcaster Joseph O'Connor.
In October 2018, she announced her conversion to Islam and her name as Shuhada' Davitt.

Personal Quotes (11)

As far as I'm concerned, I'm now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose. I'm not going to be singing songs that I made in the past. I closed the door on that incarnation of Sinead O'Connor.
When you live with the Devil you learn there's a God very quickly.
I don't do anything in order to cause trouble. It just so happens that what I do naturally causes trouble. I'm proud to be a troublemaker.
The power of rock'n'roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame - Pop Idol, XFactor, all this stuff. What I'm worried about is it's all about the visual, the pyrotechnics, the tits out, shake your ass. It's not about the song. That to me is quite sad.
[observation, 2013] The music business is corrupt. It's full of nothing but vampires and pimps. What was more important that came out of the Miley [Cyrus] thing was being able to conversate about mental health and human rights. The two of us, without meaning it, did quite a good job.
I'm not a musical snob. 'Ooo Baby Baby' or whatever - those are as valid as 'Working Class Hero' or 'Imagine'. But there are times artists do need to stand up and not just be entertainers. 'V.I.P', the song, was about Irish artists being silent on the matter of the church reports [on child abuse by priests]. But it translates. The priorities have gone askew. If the rappers and the rock stars are having dinner with the President, that's a problem.
[on her time in school in Ireland] I remember being in Sion Hill in Blackrock and this old nun walked into the room and drew this enormous big hard dick - in one continuous sweep of the chalk - and we fell on the floor clutching ourselves laughing. We had never even seen a dick that didn't belong to our brothers. Why did she do it? And how did a nun know how to draw such an accurate looking penis, balls and all? Anyway, that was the limit of my sex education.
A writer is the perfect boyfriend, they have lots of time to snuggle and a desk to bend you over.
All what we know as rock and pop music came from blues when you trace it back, it's history came from blues and in its time blues was pretty much like rap in so far as it had the same format which meant anybody could write a song. It wasn't too complicated, it was 12 bars, you had three verses, the first three lines were the same, the last line was different, you had a bridge.
[on remarrying therapist Barry Herridge] Since no woman on earth could not adore a man that treats her like a goddess and loves her like a slut.
I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian's journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.

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