Alarmed fans quickly swarmed on the post’s comment section, concerned for the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer’s health.
Irish police confirmed that they found the singer “safe and sound” on Sunday and that she is receiving medical assistance.
O’Connor is no stranger to controversy amplified by public arenas. She is perhaps most well-known for ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II on a 1992 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and later made waves for writing a series of increasingly scathing open letters to Miley Cyrus in 2013.
But today’s incident was especially alarming because O’Connor, who has opened up about her mental-health problems in the past, posted about her desire to commit suicide. “Well done guys, you’ve finally got rid of me,” she said. “Sorry the penny didn’t drop sooner … My children don’t care if I live r die anyway. Neither do their dads. Everyone is better off.”
O’Connor, 48, has four children, ages 9 to 28, with four different men. Her distressing note seemed mostly to focus on Donal Lunny, the father of her son Shane. “After everything I’ve been put through and been forced to go through alone .. And punished for having to go through since I had the surgery on August 26th. Or since Shane became unwell in March, This week has broken me,” she wrote. “The withholding of my babies from me without any sound reason by their fathers, Frank and Donal, and by Jake and the rest of my family, is a horrific set of betrayals.”
Sunday’s Facebook status followed a series of worrying updates O’Connor had posted over the past week in regards to the custody of her children and her loneliness following a hysterectomy in August. Updates about her “fitness as a mother,” alleged child abuse, needing a 24-hour emergency family lawyer, looking for a place to live, and threats of arresting people filled her timeline.
Though not the first time O’Connor has turned to social media amid personal troubles, Sunday’s update was certainly the most distressing. But it would sadly not be her first suicide attempt if the note proves true; O’Connor has publicly said she tried to kill herself in 1999, and again in 2012.