Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, whose three-decade career has been marked by triumph, tumult and controversy, has announced that she’s writing her memoirs, reports The Guardian. The yet-to-be-titled book will be published in 2016 by Blue Rider Press, a Penguin imprint.
Her first album, 1987's “The Lion and the Cobra,” became a gold record and earned O’Connor a Best Female Vocal Performance Grammy nomination. In 1990, the doe-eyed singer’s iconic video for the Prince-penned song “Nothing Compares 2 U” debuted on MTV, introducing a wider audience to her remarkable voice and unique ability to express vulnerability and emotion.
O’Connor’s outspokenness on political and personal matters has garnered as much attention as her music. In 1990, she announced that she wouldn’t perform if the American national anthem was played before one of her concerts, prompting none other than Frank Sinatra to say he’d like to “kick her ass.”
And in 1992, O’Connor appeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live." After singing Bob Marley’s “War,” a rendition in which she changed the lyrics to draw attention to child abuse in the Catholic church, she ripped in half a photo of Pope John Paul II, a move the show’s producers claimed was unplanned. The audience reacted in shocked silence. The act elicited support from pornographer Bob Guccione, praise for creating "a moment of truly great television" by the Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper, and criticism from Madonna, who was quoted as saying there were other ways of criticizing the church than by ripping up a symbol that meant something to so many people.
Although she continues to make music, and released her 10th album -- "I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss" -- in August, O’Connor’s recent years have been marked by nervous breakdowns, suicide attempts, a fourth marriage, and even a Twitter war with Miley Cyrus. Her expletive-ridden blog, titled “Sinead’s Musings. Strictly Not For Minors,” has become a place for the singer to weigh in on current events, and inform her fans about her news – and sometimes, even her painful menstrual cycle.
In a blog post titled Dear Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With on Wednesday, O'Connor retracted an earlier claim that her memoir would dish on her affairs. She wrote, “I’ve no intention, nor ever had I, of dishing the sexual dirt (it mostly wasn’t that interesting). I merely had to come up with a funny quote to attach with the press release for the book…I’ve sensibly forgotten 99.999% of anyone I ever slept with anyway!”