Claims abusive mother ‘ran a torture chamber’
in emotional Dr. Phil interview.
Not too long ago Sinead O’Connor sat down for a frank
and deeply emotional interview about her mental health
and experience of abuse, speaking to popular TV psychologist
Dr. Phil for the season premiere of his show.
In a preview for the episode, she discusses her mother
Marie O’Connor, who died in a car crash when she
was 19 years old, and her alleged years of physical and
sexual abuse. “She ran a torture chamber. She was a
person who took delight in hurting you,” she states in
The Irish singer-songwriter, best known for her cover
of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, elsewhere speaks
of how she’s “fed up of being defined as the crazy person”.
She sparked widespread concerns last month
after posting a tearful video to Facebookrevealing she
has been in a suicidal state for the past two years.
When Dr. Phil asks her to confirm whether she has attempted
to kill herself eight times in one year, she simply
Dr. Phil appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss
O’Connor’s appearance on his show, explaining her
own personal motivations behind the interview.
“You’ve seen her video she’s posted on Facebook and
all, from motel rooms in New Jersey,” he 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
de-stigmatize mental illness; I clearly have a problem…
Too many musicians are dying. I want to use my life, be
a teaching tool. I’m willing to sit down and talk.’”
The musician, who has legally changed her name to
Magda Davitt to be “free of parental curses”, wrote a
moving thank you to Dr. Phil on her Facebook page.
“You really are not quite human you know. You’re a
proper real live angel. I knew that from the gold in
your eyes. And from the size of your huge heart. One
day I hope to be an angel too. I promise I won’t let
you down,” the post reads.