Sinead O'Connor wants to talk about mental illness

Sinead O’Connor.
Sinead O’Connor.

NEW YORK • Too many musicians are dying, Sinead O'Connor said.

Dr Phillip McGraw, a psychologist who hosts the Dr Phil show, said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday that the singer had called him and told him that chilling fact.

The music industry has been shocked by the suicides of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington in recent months.

"You've seen her video she's posted on Facebook and all, from a motel room in New Jersey," Dr Phil said. "She really has had a difficult time and she said: 'Look, I'm in trouble. I need help.'

"And she called. She said: 'I want to destigmatise mental illness. I clearly have a problem.

"I want to use my life, be a teaching tool. I'm willing to sit down and talk.'"

The resulting interview, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, will also reveal why O'Connor, 50, keeps her hair short and what made her tear up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live in 1992, reported the AOL website.

In one segment of the interview, Dr Phil touched on the singer's relationship with her mother who died in a car crash when O'Connor was 19. "You say she abused you physically and sexually," he said.

"She ran a torture chamber," the singer responded.

"She was a person who took delight in hurting you."

The Irish performer also said she was changing her name.

"Sinead O'Connor is gone," she insisted. "That person's gone."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2017, with the headline 'Sinead O'Connor wants to talk about mental illness'. Print Edition | Subscribe