Here are some top facts about Sinéad O’Connor to celebrate the Irish singer's birthday.
Happy birthday to one of Ireland's greatest singers, Sinéad O'Connor! O'Connor has achieved an incredible amount and despite her ups and downs, her music continues to entertain.
In celebration of the birthday of the "Nothing Compares to You" singer, here are some top facts about her:
Sinéad O'Connor's family
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor was born in Glenageary, Co Dublin on December 8, 1966, to parents Sean O'Connor and Johanna Marie O'Grady. She has four siblings - Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin.
Sinéad O'Connor's marriages
O'Connor has been married four times - John Reynolds in 1987, Nick Sommerlad in 1991, Steve Cooney in 2010, and Barry Herridge in 2011.
Sinéad O'Connor's religion
The Irish singer was ordained as a priest by a Roman Catholic splinter group called the Latin Tridentine Church, taking the clerical name Mother Bernadette Maria. In 2018, however, she converted to Islam.
Sinéad O'Connor - most beautiful
She was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991.
Sinéad O'Connor on SNL
In 1992, O'Connor famously ripped up a photo of the then Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live" saying, "Fight the real enemy."
Sinéad O'Connor - movie star
O'Connor was cast as the Virgin Mary in Neil Jordon's 1997 drama, “The Butcher Boy.”
Sinéad O'Connor's top hit
She achieved international success in 1990 with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares to You.”
Sinéad O'Connor's Grammys
Throughout her career, O'Connor has been nominated for a Grammy Award seven times. She won once, in the Best Alternative Music Performance category for her "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" in 1991.
Sinéad O'Connor's children
Sinéad has four children - Jake, Roisin, Shane, and Yeshua. She welcomed her first grandchild in 2015 when her son Jake had a boy with his girlfriend. Tragically, in January 2022, Sinéad's son Shane, aged 17, took his own life.
Sinéad O'Connor's struggles
The Dubliner admitted on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 that she had been diagnosed as bipolar and that she had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday. However, she later revealed in 2014 that she received three other opinions, all of which told her she was not bipolar. She has also been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.
*Originally published in 2011. Last updated in December 2022.