Singer Sinead O’Connor is cancelling her upcoming tour due to her difficult struggle with bipolar disorder. In an announcement made on her website, the “Nothing Compares To You” singer says she will be taking things slowly, especially after her breakdowns in the past five months.
“With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bipolar disorder”, O’Connor writes on her website. She motivates her decision by explaining she has had a breakdown between December and March and has strongly been advised by her doctor not to engage in a tour. On the contrary, she has been told to take things slowly. “So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am”, she continues.
Although fans hoping to see her in concert may be disappointed, there is still some good news. Sinead is planning on making an appearance at the Curtis Mayfield tribute in The Lincoln Centre in July.
In December last year, Sinead announced her wedding to Irish therapist Barry Herridge. But only a couple of weeks later, they broke-up. Since then, she has had a suicide attempt and has been in hospital for depression treatment.
Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder manifested through alternating episodes of mania and depression. The mood swings between high irritation and deep depression can happen very quickly. It is usually accompanied by changes in sleeping patterns, poor judgment, concentration difficulties, loss of energy, loss of self-esteem and suicide thoughts.