Sinead O'Connor Assures Fans She Will Not Commit Suicide

After series of red-flag tweets, singer writes in open letter that 'people who express suicidal feelings are least likely to act on them'

September 18, 2011 10:40 AM ET
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Sinead O'Connor in Dublin, Ireland.
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Sinead O’Connor may not be in the best of spirits as of late but she would like her fans to know that, despite openly flirting with such thoughts, she doesn’t actually plan on killing herself. The assurance, written in the form of an open letter on her official website, came three days after she issued a series of red-flag tweets expressing suicidal thoughts.

In a succession of tweets sent on Sept. 14, O’Connor wrote, in part,  "All this shit we’re not supposed to say. Including suicidal feelings, sex, etc. U just get treated like a crazy person. I want to go to heaven SO bad. Have for yrs ... Can’t manage any more. Badly wish cud die without it ruining my kids lives."

While the open letter that she published on Saturday (Sept. 17) is intended to reassure concerned fans that her life is not actually in danger, she makes it clear that she wasn’t exactly crying wolf, either. In the letter, she says that while she does "believe that suicide is a sin," she also states her belief that it is healthy to express suicidal thoughts when you’re feeling that way.

"People who express suicidal feelings are least likely to act on them," she writes. "Anyone who gives u the remotest bit of shit for expressing suicidal feelings is a wanker and is to be politely asked to permanently vacate your precious company. Even if its ur mudda-fuggin Mama."

O’Connor closes the letter by soliciting email advice and suggestions for local "support services in Ireland other than nut-houses and psychiatrists and drugs (DO NOT STOP MEDS BCUZ I SAID THAT.) where people can maybe have a cup of tea..."

These developments come in the midst of a renewed campaign to help her find a new boyfriend. She has been sorting through applications from eligible bachelors and, on Friday, posted an updated set of prerequisites and criteria on her website.

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