EXCLUSIVE: Sinead O'Connor is receiving hospital care after she admitted she was suicidal in motel-room video which shocked her fans
- Sinead O'Connor, 50, posted disturbing video from Travelodge room in New Jersey saying she was suicidal
- Fans and other performers including Annie Lennox expressed concern over her state and asked where her friends were
- DailyMail.com can disclose divorced mother of four is now in hospital in New Jersery having left the motel room after the video was posted
- Police have checked on her welfare after the Irish singer told how she was by herself and fighting to stay alive every day
- A friend also posted a message of reassurance on her Facebook page, where the video had been posted
Sinead O'Connor is receiving hospital care after posting a disturbing video which led to widespread concern for her safety, DailyMail.com can disclose.
The Irish singer, 50, told her Facebook followers she was suicidal and struggling to stay alive day by day.
The clip led to fans rushing to the motel, in Hackensack, New Jersey, offering to help, and to her musical contemporary Annie Lennox asking where O'Connor's friends and family were.
DailyMail.com can reveal that O'Connor is now in a hospital in New Jersey, a fact which will offer further reassurance to fans after a friend used the singer's Facebook page to say she was 'surrounded by love and receiving the best of care'.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor revealed she was by herself at a Travelodge motel in New Jersey. She is now in hospital as she receives help for mental health issues
Safe: O'Connor is no longer at the New Jersey motel where she had posted the video from and is in hospital elsewhere in the state. Police had checked on her welfare at the Travelodge
Waiting: O'Connor's car remains in the car park of the motel but police say they have checked on her safety
WHAT O'CONNOR SAID TO SPEAK FEARS
'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.
'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.
'I'm a 5ft 4in little f***ing woman wandering the world for two years by myself.'
The singer's troubles have been fueled by a messy and bitter legal dispute in Ireland with her manager, a former lover who she is now involved in litigation with.
O'Connor had spent time in a suburb of Chicago last year being cared for by friends, and has also spent time seeking help for her mental health issues at a facility in California.
Mental health advocates have said they hope that the video has a positive impact on others with mental health problems.
O'Connor posted the clip on Facebook last week revealing she was all by herself at the $70-a-night Travelodge motel at the 'a*** end of New Jersey' and fighting to stay alive every day.
As the clip went viral fans rushed to the motel on Tuesday, where O'Connor had left her car, but she had already gone. Local police said they had checked on her welfare.
And later on Tuesday, a post on her Facebook page 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.'
Her breakdown comes against the backdrop of a legal battle where she is being sued by a former lover - and long-term manager - for alleged defamation and breach of contract.
Friends rallied round Sinead O'Connor today as one posted on Facebook on her behalf
Fachtna O'Ceallaigh (left), 70, who met O'Connor in the Eighties when she was 17 and steered her to stardom in a partnership that lasted until 2012. Right, the singer performing in 1990
Help: Sinead O'Connor's last known public performance was in January 2016 in Chicago, where she led a tribute to David Bowie. Her friend Matt Walker was drumming and she was staying with him and his wife Charlotte in the Chicago suburbs
Lennox took to Facebook on Tuesday to address what she described as O'Connor's 'truly distressing call for help'.
The action is being taken in Ireland by Fachtna O'Ceallaigh, 70, who met O'Connor in the Eighties when she was 17 and steered her to stardom in a partnership that lasted until 2012.
He claims O'Connor terminated their business relationship without warning and defamed him in a letter published on her website and a fan's website. He is seeking damages of around ¤500,000 (£452,000).
O'Connor denies the claims but, according to her lawyer, who appeared at a pre-trial hearing at Dublin High Court ten days ago, ill health has delayed her ability to defend herself.
Speaking about their romantic relationship in previous interviews, she described them both as 'driven people': 'You can see that from what we achieved together,' she said.
The couple broke up at the time of the release of Nothing Compares 2 U and the stunning close-ups of her crying in the video were attributed to her misery over the split.
In the past, O'Ceallaigh, who also managed U2 and Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats, has always been sympathetic to his muse.
'The same thing that makes her great, that generates joy and fulfilment in her work, has also caused great pain and difficulty for her,' he said.
'It is incredibly painful to see her living her life the way she lives it sometimes.'
But the pair's business split — which came, according to sources, via a 'very colorful email from Sinead' while on tour in Germany trying to reboot her career - changed things.
Since then O'Connor has largely stayed away from Ireland, where her four children - Jake, 29, Roison, 21, Sahne, 13, and Yeshua, 10, live.
At the start of 2016 the singer moved to Wilmette, Illinois, at the start of the year and moved into the large suburban home of her friend, drummer Matt Walker.
He lives there with his wife Charlotte and their children.
O'Connor and Walker performed together in Chicago in January 2016 in a tribute to the death of David Bowie. It is the last known time O'Connor sang on stage.
Last May, in an echo of her current predicament, O'Connor sparked concerns for her welfare when she went for a bike ride from the Walkers' home, and did not return, prompting a major police search.
Illinois home: O'Connor was staying in the family home of Matt and Charlotte Walker near Chicago when she decided to go for a bike ride in May 2016, and was declared missing amid concerns for her safety.
Echo of Jersey: The singer was found six miles from Wilmette in a run-down $84-a-night Best Western Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove
O'Connor (pictured in 2012) was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago
About two hours after she left on the ride, a rambling message was posted on her official Facebook page that referred to emotional trauma she had been through over the years, prompting fears she had disappeared to take her own life.
She was found a day later in a hotel a few miles away. Since then, DailyMail.com has learned, she has been at a facility in California and received help from a therapist who she praised in the video. DailyMail.com is not naming the therapist, or the facility.
Charlotte Walker declined to comment this week.
The outpouring of support this week for O'Connor is likely to be welcomed by those closest to her.
'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'.
O'Connor has spoken previously about how she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago and has struggled with depression and post traumatic stress for years.
She told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that before her bipolar diagnosis she had struggled with thoughts of suicide and overwhelming fear.
She said at the time that medication had helped her find more balance, but 'it's a work in progress.'
O'Connor said in later interviews that she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011.
O'Connor, who is a mother to four children from different relationships, took to Facebook in 2015 to say she had taken an overdose at a hotel somewhere in Ireland.
Irish police later said she had been found safe. The next month, she posted on Facebook that she had been detained in a hospital for mental health evaluation.
Comedian Arsenio Hall dropped a $5million lawsuit against O'Connor earlier this year after she apologised and retracted comments she made on Facebook that he had supplied drugs to Prince.
If any readers are seeking help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Four marriages, three affairs with women and four children: Sinead O'Connor's troubled love life
Sinead O'Connor has four children - Jake, 29; Roisin, 21; Shane, 13; and Yeshua, nine - with four different men.
In addition to four marriages, the singer has been involved in three relationships that produced children, as well as, she claims, three serious affairs with women. Here is a list of her relationships:
John Reynolds (married 1987-1991, divorced, son Jake)
She had her first son Jake with her first husband, drummer and music producer John Reynolds. He worked on multiple albums with her including Universal Mother and they married in 1987 before their union broke down in 1991.
Jake later had a son - O'Connor's first grandson aged 48 - with his girlfriend Lia in 2015.
John Waters (never married, daughter Roisin)
Roisin's father is Irish reporter John Waters - and the couple had a lengthy custody battle in the mid-1990s which culminated in O'Connor agreeing for her daughter to live with Waters in Dublin.
Nick Sommerlad (married 2001-2004, divorced, no children)
She married the British journalist Nick Sommerlad in a secret ceremony in the summer of 2001 after a whirlwind romance but they soon split up.
Donal Lunny (never married, son Shane)
O'Connor had her third child Shane with Irish musician Donal Lunny in 2004, around the time she said she was retiring from music - although she later restarted her career again.
Frank Bonadio (never married, son Yeshua)
In 2006, Sinéad began a relationship with Frank Bonadio, the estranged husband of singer Mary Coughlan, that produced a son, Yeshua. They split in early 2007 but remained friends.
Steve Cooney (married 2010-2011, divorced)
O'Connor married her longtime friend and frequent collaborator Steve Cooney in July 2010 but their union only lasted until the following April.
Barry Herridge (married in 2011, separated, no children)
She wed Barry Herridge, an Irish therapist who helped her with her son was ill, in 2011 in Las Vegas but the marriage lasted for a mere three weeks - and they only lived together for seven days. Although they separated, they are not believed to have legally divorced.
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