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Sinead O’Connor retracts retirement announcement: ‘I lied when I said I’m past my peak’

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - FEBRUARY 01: Singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor performs on stage at Vogue Theatre on February 01, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
Sinead is no longer retiring (Picture: Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

Sinead O’Connor has retracted her retirement announcement, saying it was a ‘knee jerk reaction’ to being triggered by interviewers.

The 54-year-old announced over the weekend that she was retiring from the music industry, saying that her upcoming album No Veteran Dies Alone would be her last and that she would not tour to promote it.

She tweeted: ‘This is to announce my retirement from touring and from working in the record business. I’ve gotten older and I’m tired. So it’s time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having truly given my all. NVDA in 2022 will be my last release. And there’ll be no more touring or promo.

‘This is not sad news. It’s staggeringly beautiful news. A warrior knows when he or she should retreat. It’s been a forty year journey. Time to put the feet up and make other dreams come true.’

However, the Mandinka singer has now retracted her announcement, sharing a statement with the caption: ‘Good news. F*** retiring. I retract. Am not retiring. I was temporarily allowing pigs in lipstick to f*** my head up.’

O’Connor called out interviews with British and Canadian publications, as well as an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with Emma Barnett, for failing to be sensitive about her mental health and past trauma.

She wrote: ‘All interviewers were asked to please be sensitive and not ask about child abuse or dig deep into painful s*** about mental health which would be traumatising for me to have to think about. Every fuggin time I go to sell a record for thirty years it’s “aren’t you mental?” Aren’t you an a**hole? Aren’t you invalid?’

O’Connor criticised Barnett for bringing up a comment made by The Telegraph‘s music critic Neil McCormick, which called the singer ‘the crazy lady in pop’s attic’, and said: ‘I felt like I did thirty years ago and for thirty years. That I’d be better off (safer) if I ran away and gave up being in music at all.

‘I said I was retiring. As I have said many times before in knee jerk reactions when I was young and made the butt of media abuse on the grounds I’m legally vulnerable. The hugest misconception (I’m always asked this but never answer) of ‘Sinead O’Connor’ is that she is Amazonian. I’m not. I’m a five foot four inch soft hearted female who is actually very fragile. When people ririducle or invalidate or disrespect or abuse or misuse me on the grounds I suffer from severe long term effects of the barbaric physical and sexual abuse I grew up with, every time I go to sell a record, a show or in this case a book, it triggers me. I turn back into that hurt child. Or that appallingly treated young woman, and my job becomes something I’m terrified of. 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AGF s.r.l./REX/Shutterstock (4163737c) Sinead O'Connor 'Che Tempo Che Fa' Italian TV show, Milan, Italy - 05 Oct 2014
The star is going back on the road next year (Picture: AGF s.r.l./REX/Shutterstock)

‘But I love my job. Making music that is. I don’t like the consequences of being a talented (and outspoken woman) being that I have to wade through walls of prejudice every day to make a living. But I am born for live performance and with the astonishing love and support I have received in the last few days and will continue to receive from Rob Prinz and all at ICM as well as a my managers and buyers and fans, I feel safe in retracting my expressed wish to retire and I will in fact be doing all shows currently booked for 2022.

‘Also, I liked when I said I’m past my peak. Ain’t no such f***in thing.’

Fans celebrated the news and looked forward to seeing O’Connor back on stage.

The Irish star last released an album in 2014, with her 10th studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, which reached number one in Ireland.

The star, who adopted the name Shuhada Sadaqat in 2019, this month released her memoir Rememberings, in which she recalls her troubled childhood, her ascent to global fame, and the infamous moment where she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. 

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