She’s been off the radar screen for some time now, but Sinead O’Connor is ready to step back into the limelight this month with the re-release of her second and most successful album, "I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got," on April 21.
Sinead’s life and times since the release have been controversial for sure – she shredded a picture of the Pope on "Saturday Night Live," became a “Catholic” priest, declared herself a lesbian before marrying her second husband and revealed her bi-polar disorder – but perhaps, at age 42, the mother of four is finally mellowing out.
“Faith and courage is my motto. I used to have it written above the fireplace in my house in London, but not here in Dublin because my kids won't let me. They rebelled by being fuddy-duddy, my kids. They're all really normal. But there's time yet,” Sinead recently told The Observer newspaper in England.
Her public battles of the past, especially in the U.S. where she took the most flack for the Pope thing , and for barring the singing of the National Anthem at a concert she headlined in New Jersey in 1990, certainly took their toll.
What else did Sinead have to say to The Observer? If she was just starting her career now she’d have no hesitation to going on a reality show. "The X Factor" is the equivalent in Ireland and the U.K. of American Idol over here, and she’d love to give it a go.
Barbra Streisand proved to be her inspiration for embarking on a career in music. “I'm a massive Barbra Streisand fan. When I was a little girl I'd watch 'Hello Dolly' and scream at the TV. I sang ‘Evergreen’ at a wedding when I was 14 and that led to me going into a recording studio for the first time,” she said.
But don’t talk to Sinead about Prince. His Purpleness was none too impressed with her potty mouth during her media interviews to promote her career early on.
“I didn't hit it off with Prince. I met him after I'd recorded ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and he said he didn't appreciate how I used bad language in my interviews. I told him to go f*** himself, and he wasn't very happy.”