SINEAD O’Connor is an Irish singer whose epic ballad Nothing Compares 2 U became one of the standout songs of the 90s.
The star’s career has been defined by controversy due to her firm beliefs and her conversion to Islam in 2018, when she tweeted a photo of herself wearing a hijab. Here’s her story … Who is Sinead O’Connor and what is she famous for?
Sinead O’Connor is a 52-year-old Irish singer who was born on December 8, 1966 in Glenagery, County Dublin.
The shaven-headed star, one of five children raised by Catholics, previously spoke of the abuse she suffered from her parents.
They broke up when she was eight, and her father’s anxiety about not being able to provide custody of his children led him to become chairman of the Divorce Action Group.
At the age of 15, Sinead shoplifted and skipped classes, and was placed in one of Magdalene’s infamous orphanages for 18 months.
There she began to discover her love for singing and in 1984 she met Colm Farrelli, with whom she formed a group called Ton Ton Macoute.
But in 1985, when her mother died in a car accident, Sinead left the group and moved to London.
There, she worked with fired U2 record boss Fachtnaya O’Sillay, who eventually arranged for her to release her own debut album when she was pregnant with her son Jack.
Her first LP was a huge success, but in 1990 her breakout hit was the powerful ballad Nothing Compares 2 U, which topped the charts in 13 countries.
It was her version of a song that Prince wrote for his side project, the 80s band The Family.
A close-up music video of Sinead’s face as she sings in a black turtleneck is now considered one of the most iconic videos of the 20th century.
Since then, Sinead has said that her tears in the video were genuine and that she thought of her mother using a bel canto singing technique that helps express emotions.
Despite the success of the single, Sinead claimed that she and Prince did not get along and even got into a “fight” after he invited her to his home.
In 1990, she won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance, but boycotted the awards.
This is due to the fact that Sinead postponed her concerts in the States because she did not want the US National Anthem to be played in advance, which caused quarrels with many American musicians.
Around the same time, Sinead had a short love affair with Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which inspired him to write the song “I Could Lie.”
Since then, Sinead has released eight more albums, the most recent of which was 2014’s I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss.
In September 2019, she sang Nothing Compares 2 U on Late Late Show RTE in hijaband this performance quickly became the most popular in the history of the show.
By September 12, it had amassed 1.6 million views on RTE’s Twitter account and another 800,000 views on YouTube.
When did she become Muslim and did she change her name?
On October 25, 2018, Sinead, ordained a priest by a Catholic sect in the 1990s, announced that she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada Davitt.
The singer tweeted a photo of herself wearing a hijab and told fans, “This is an announcement that I am proud to be a Muslim.”
“This is the natural conclusion to the journey of any reasonable theologian.
“Studying all the scriptures leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures superfluous.
“I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada. “
Last year, Sinead changed her name to Magda Davitt, saying in an interview that she wants to be “free from parental curses.”
She has said in interviews in the past that her Christian faith has helped her overcome personal turmoil.
Sinead sparked a debate on Twitter in early November when she called “white people” or “non-Muslims” disgusting, before adding, “I wonder if Twitter banned that.”
Is she married and has children?
Sinead has been married four times and has four children: Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio.
Her fourth child, Shane O’Connor, passed away on Friday January 7th after he went missing from Tallaght Hospital after years of struggling with mental health issues.
The singer, who considered herself bipolar for several years due to a misdiagnosis, underwent a hysterectomy in 2015 after three years of gynecological problems.