Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Sinead O’Connor

As the Catholic Church reels from yet more disclosures about mass pedophilia, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has come forward to speak out about abuse she suffered by the Church as well in her childhood.

I saw O’Connor tonight on Larry King Live, and just had to check…

Yes, Sinead O’Connor is a Child of Divorce.  Already very popular in the U.S. in the 1980s, Sinead achieved icon status when she ripped apart a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.  She says that she wants to rescue God from Religion.  That is one great line.

Sinead’s parents divorced when she was 8 years old.  After the split, she and her siblings (maybe only the oldest ones, am not sure about that) lived at first with her Mother who was abusive.   Sinead has written a song about the abuse she suffered from her Mother called “Fire on Babylon.”

Her Father had so much trouble fighting for custody rights for his children that he became chairman of “The Divorce Action Group” in Ireland.  In 1979 Sinead moved in with her Father and Step-Mother but was eventually sent to a Catholic school because her behavior was out of control.  In Catholic school she began to sing.

According to Wikipedia, Sinead has been married twice, claims to be bisexual, and has 4 children.  She tried to commit suicide on her 33d Birthday and was subsequently diagnosed as Bipolar.   That’s the short version of the story, of course.   This is a very complex woman.

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Sinead O’Connor is an interesting character because she is obviously an incredibly strong person, not afraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs yet she looks so fragile with her elfin features. I have some of her music (her debut album The Lion and The Cobra is brilliant – my favourite track is “Jerusalem”). I saw a clip of her ripping up that photo fairly recently and I knew she’d had turbulent relationships in her adult life but I’ve never looked into her family history so didn’t know she was a child of divorce. Thanks for an interesting post which has encouraged me to dig out her album again.

Comment by Sal

Hi Sal, thanks for adding your insights. O’Connor does come across as both frail and strong.

Comment by toothless

A complex woman indeed. I love her voice and her music. I didn’t know she was a child of divorce. I wonder how much she would say that contributed to all the turmoil she has experienced in her life.

Comment by Carolyn (the grown up child)

Carolyn, I don’t know. It sounds like such a confused tangle of stuff.

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