Sinead O’Connor cancels 2012 tour due to “very serious breakdown”
Sinead O’Connor has canceled the remainder of her 2012 tour, including a May 12 show at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater. The singer released a statement yesterday that blamed a “very serious breakdown” for the cancellation. The full statement reads:
“With enormous regret, I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as I am very unwell due to bipolar disorder. As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March, and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn’t want to ‘fail’ or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release. So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am. I apologise sincerely for any difficulties this may cause. While touring will be canceled, I do hope and plan to appear at the Curtis Mayfield tribute in The Lincoln Centre in July.”
As Rolling Stone notes, O’Connor has had a rough couple of months. In September 2011, the singer wrote an open letter to fans assuring them she wouldn’t commit suicide following a series of alarming tweets. Months later, she married her fourth husband, Barry Herridge, but ended the marriage 16 days later. Weeks after that, O’Connor attempted suicide and asked her Twitter followers, “Does anyone know a psychiatrist in Dublin or Wicklow who could urgently see me today please? I’m really unwell and in danger. I desperately need to get back on meds today.”
No further details have been released about the tour cancellation or O’Connor’s condition, and her official website appears to be down. How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, O’Connor’s first album in five years, was released in February.