Sinead O'Connor concerns fans with comments after teenage son's death: 'I am ruined without my son'
Sinead O’Connor is struggling with the suicide of her teenage son Shane earlier this month and worrying fans with a series of heartbreaking social media posts.
In a string of now-deleted tweets on Thursday in which she said “I’ve decided to follow my son. There’s no point living without him,” the distraught singer also posted that she was “with cops now on way to hospital. I’m sorry I upset everyone. I am lost without my kid and I hate myself. Hospital will help a while. But I’m going to find Shane. This is just a delay.”
O’Connor’s management told USA TODAY that they “are unable to comment or confirm recent developments.”
O'Connor's loss: Sinead O'Connor confirms the death of her son
Shane, 17, reportedly escaped suicide watch while in Dublin’s Tallaght University Hospital. His body was found in Bray, about 12 miles south of Dublin, on Jan. 7. O’Connor confirmed his death the next day, telling fans:
“My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”
On Friday, O’Connor, 55, apologized for her earlier tweets indicating her own breakdown.
“I’m very upset. My son was the love of my life. I am sorry I’ve upset tulsa and just about every other human being on earth also. I am ruined without my son. I am sorry I’ve upset anyone.”
Tulsa is Ireland’s Child and Family Agency. O’Connor has also lashed out at the hospital, saying administrators refused to take responsibility for Shane’s ability to leave the facility. She later walked back the accusations.
O’Connor had previously posted details about her son’s funeral, a private gathering in Ireland, which upset his father, musician Donal Lunny.
“I’m sorry Donal. I’m lonely. Twitter is for lonely people. Monsters like me get terribly lonely,” she wrote.
Shane was one of O'Connor's four children.
The singer, regarded for her captivating 1990 cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," has been open about her mental health struggles in the past.
In 2017, she sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil on his daytime talk show, where she revealed that her emotional troubles had been triggered by the hormonal effects of a radical hysterectomy.
"I was told to leave the hospital two days after the surgery with Tylenol and no hormone replacement and no guidance as to what might happen to me," she recalled.
In 2016, O'Connor went missing in Chicago after a bike ride and was later found safe. The year prior, she posted a suicide threat on Facebook, saying she had taken an overdose after a "horrifying set of betrayals."
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.
Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.
Contributing: The Associated Press