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Sinead O'Connor entering 'one-year trauma and addiction' programme

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has cancelled all upcoming tour dates so she can enter a one-year programme for trauma and addiction.

The 53-year-old has postponed all tour dates and performances until 2022 in order to focus on her recovery after a ‘traumatic six years’ which have had a major impact on her mental health.

Last month, Sinead – who alternatively goes by the name Shuhada Sadaqat after becoming Muslim in 2018 – asked for help from fans when her agoraphobia left her out of food and unable to leave the house.

Explaining and apologising to her fans in a long and poignant statement, Sinead posted on Twitter: ‘Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts.’

‘I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime,’ she wrote. ‘This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed.’

In the post, which she later confessed had accidentally been posted backwards, Sinead opened up about her issues with trauma and abuse, and her struggles within the music industry.

Over the past year, alongside the fallout of 2020, she was left panicked when her 14-year-old son Shane went missing and has clashed with trolls online, including celebs she hit out at for promoting being ‘anti-mask’ throughout the pandemic.

‘I truly apologise to anyone this causes inconvenience to,’ she said. ‘The last year has been very traumatic also due to one of my kids being unwell and the child is thriving now thank god but the mom needs TLC.

‘If I take this time to heal, I will be fit for a lifetime of touring. If I don’t, I won’t. If you knew the six years I’ve had, your know what I’m talking about. And I will explain very clearly in 2022.’

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer added her memoir is still being released next year as planned, and she will make some appearances at the time to promote it.

She hopes that her recovery plan will mean she will come back stronger than ever, vowing that she has plans for an album when she relaunches her career.

‘Treatment begins next week so I’ll still be posting here until then,’ she added.

‘Mostly about what a total t**t Trump is. And how he’s way too stupid not to be clever.

‘They may as well just have Putin openly in charge of America since he’s been running it for four years anyway.’

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