Friends rallied round Sinead O’Connor today after she released a 12-minute video admitting she is suicidal and living out of a motel in the ‘a**e end of New Jersey’.
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According to a story in dailymail.co.uk:
The 50-year-old musician posted the clip on Facebook last week revealing she was all by herself at the $70-a-night Travelodge motel and fighting to stay alive every day.
But a post on her Facebook page today said: ‘Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead’s request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal.
‘She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care. She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I won’t respond to any questions, so please understand. I hope this comforts those of you were concerned.’
In the video filmed from the bed of her room in Hackensack, the mother-of-four said: ‘I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the a**e end of New Jersey. I’m all by myself.
‘And there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only f***ing thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.
‘I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.
‘Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t give a s*** who you are, and equally what’s worse, it’s the stigma, it doesn’t give a s*** who you are.
‘Suddenly all the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s***. It’s like a witch hunt.’
The troubled Irish singer-songwriter said she was ‘fighting like all the millions of people’ battling a mental illness.
‘If it was just for me I’d be gone. Straight away back to my mum… because I’ve walked this earth alone for two years now as punishment for being mentally f***ing ill and getting angry that no one would f***ing take care of me,’ she said.
‘I’m a 5ft 4in little f***ing woman wandering the world for two years by myself.’
She also added that she had been in hospital for kidney stones recently.
A woman staying at the motel told Page Six that O’Connor had been staying there for a week. ‘She had a hospital band on her wrist,’ the woman said.
The woman added that O’Connor kept to herself but ‘left her door wide open all week except at night’ and would often go to the Pepsi machine.
The guest, who hasn’t seen O’Connor since Friday, said the first time she saw the Irish singer she told her boyfriend: ‘That looks like an old Sinead O’Connor.’
The footage immediately sparked fear among her fans.
‘I go to bed every night worried about you,’ one person wrote. ‘I wake up and tentatively log onto Facebook because of my worry for you.’
Another wrote: ‘To Sinead’s kids get over and help your mother, she is crying out for you all, forget what has happened and forgive, keep forgiving her until you get over there and give her a hug.’
Keith Kaulfers, a guest staying at the Travelodge motel, said he thought O’Connor ‘would stay at a much nicer place — a hotel, five stars, things like that’.
And Hamilton Richard, who is visiting the US from England, told NorthJersey.com that he was ‘100 per cent’ surprised to hear about O’Connor being at the hotel.
‘I’d be very confused not just surprised that she’s here,’ Richard said, adding that the area of New Jersey was ‘very different, but not an a**e’.
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