Sinead O'Connor talks hard upbringing in new interview

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Sinéad O'Connor has endured a very public battle with mental illness, and today she sat down with Dr. Phil to talk about some of the hardship she's encountered in her life.

In a preview for the episode, she discusses her mother Marie O'Connor, who died in a vehicle crash when she was 19 years old, and her alleged years of physical and sexual abuse.

"I rang one of the fathers of my children, who happened to be five miles away from me in NY at the time with my ten-year-old child and wouldn't bring him to see me".

Sinead also admitted to Dr. Phil that she had tried to kill herself eight times in the a year ago, and speaking to Jimmy Kimmel Live! about her appearance on his show, Phil explained why she deperately needed to do the interview. "I'm all by myself".

He said: "We were able to, in 24 hours, get her out of a motel room alone in the middle of the night crying to a hundred-acre treatment facility in the rolling hills of Tennessee. We had a great relationship because she was blown away that I forgave her".

"And it was unsafe to be pretty, too, because I kept getting. molested everywhere I went". "She wants to stop me from being a female".

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Sinead has dealt with suicidal thoughts and multiple attempts and has been diagnosed and misdiagnosed with several mental illnesses including PTSD and bipolar disorder. And she started, when I had long hair, she would introduce us as her pretty daughter and her ugly daughter.

"What happened was I had been writing to my family, begging letters and angry letters", she said.

Phil said Sinead reached out to him, and that he offered to privately put her up at the Milestones at Onsite facility, where she's now receiving treatment (a facility she has recently criticized), but that she was adamant about coming on the show. "If I wasn't posting this, my kids and family wouldn't ever find out". "She used to make me say over and over, "I am nothing".

But hindsight being 20/20, she told him, "I know what you're getting at. But I cannot wait the day that I naturally get to Heaven so I can see my mother again". "She wants to stop me from being a female", O'Connor continued. And that's why I cut my hair off. I did not want to dress like a girl, I did not want to be pretty'.

Later, when she was an up-and-coming artist in the late 1980s and early 1990s, her record label asked her if she'd be willing to grow her hair out and wear short skirts.

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