Sinead O’Connor is entering a one-year treatment programme (Picture: Getty)
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has cancelled all upcoming tour dates so she can enter a one-year programme for trauma and addiction.
The 53-year-old has postponed all tour dates and performances until 2022 in order to focus on her recovery.
The news comes a month after asking for help from fans, as agoraphobia left her out of food and unable to leave the house.
Explaining and apologising to her fans in a long and poignant statement, Sinead – who alternatively goes by the name Shuhada Sadaqat – posted on Twitter: ‘Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts.’
‘I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime,’ she wrote. ‘This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed.’
In the post, which she later confessed had accidentally been posted backwards, Sinead opened up about her issues with trauma and abuse, and her struggles within the music industry.
‘I truly apologise to anyone this causes inconvenience to,’ she said. ‘The last year has been very traumatic also due to one of my kids being unwell and the child is thriving now thank god but the mom needs TLC.
Sinead confessed to a drug addiction and is now seeking help (Picture: Getty)
‘If I take this time to heal, I will be fit for a lifetime of touring. If I don’t, I won’t. If you knew the six years I’ve had, your know what I’m talking about. And I will explain very clearly in 2022.’
The Nothing Compares 2 U singer added her memoir is still being released next year as planned, and she will make some appearances at the time to promote it.
She hopes that her recovery plan will mean she will come back stronger than ever, vowing that she has plans for an album when she relaunches her career.
‘Treatment begins next week so I’ll still be posting here until then,’ she added.
‘Mostly about what a total t**t Trump is. And how he’s way too stupid not to be clever.
‘They may as well just have Putin openly in charge of America since he’s been running it for four years anyway.’
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