Sinead O’Connor is one of those singers that marches to her own beat on and off the stage. Her “Nothing Compares 2 U” hit put O’Connor in the limelight, but she wasn’t prepared for all the worldwide scrutiny. Sinead was hiding her tormented childhood from the world, and that secret ultimately brought her to a dark place. According to an article in the Daily Mall, O’Connor’s mother, Marie O’Connor, wasn’t the kind of mother that protects children from the challenges in life. Marie O’Connor ran a torture chamber, according to Sinead, and the only way Sinead could get away from her mother’s physical and sexual abuse was to run away from home, and live with her father when she was 13. O’Connor describes her mom as a woman with a lot of mental issues. Sinead thinks Marie was possessed, according to the Daily Mall article.

O’Connor is 50-years-old, and she has her own demons now. Even though she ran away at 13, she believes her family abandoned her. The singer claims she wrote letters to her family after her mother died in a car crash when Sinead was 19. Her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra,” hit the top of the music charts in 1980, and when she recorded Prince’s song, “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990, she was on top of the music world. But the years of abuse was still alive in her mind and she acted out on the world stage. Sinead’s controversial comments gave the news media some juicy stories and public opinion gave Sinead an “F” for her social comments and actions. But she managed to record 10 solo albums, and she was in demand around the world for years before the inner agony and years of abuse sent O’Connor to a place where the disrupted voices in her head took over.

Mental illness is like using drugs all the time, according to O’Connor, and she is living that nightmare. After years of being a pop music star, Sinead is now a victim of her traumatic childhood. She wants help and her appearance on the “Dr. Phil Show” is the first sign that help is on the way. Sinead O’Connor was married four times, and she has four children and one grandchild. But she never could get away from the mother who put her on a collision course with mental illness, according to her former husbands.