Sinéad O’Connor Says She Never Wants to Spend Time with White People Again: ‘The Are Disgusting’
Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor — who was once ordained as a Catholic priest — says she has converted to Islam. The outspoken artist, best known for her version of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”, made the announcement on Twitter.
via People: Last month, she confirmed on Twitter her conversion to Islam, explaining that her new faith “is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.”
“All scripture leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant,” the Grammy winner added, before revealing she would henceforth be known by a new name. “I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada.’”
In addition to changing her name on her Twitter page, she also replaced her profile picture with a photo that reads “Wear a hijab just do it” alongside the Nike swoosh logo. Additionally, her Twitter bio now reads, “PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU POST RACIST OR ANTI MUSLIM RHETORIC ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL BE BLOCKED.”
The day after revealing her big news, O’Connor shared that she had been given her first hijab, writing that she wouldn’t be posting a photo because it’s “intensely personal,” before humorously adding that there was a second reason for her decision.
“I’m an ugly old hag,” she wrote. “But I’m a very, very, very happy old hag.”
Over the next couple of days, the Irish singer went on to share a number of photos of herself wearing a head covering, simply writing that she was “happy.”
O’Connor was ordained as a priest in 1999 in a dissident Roman Catholic group.
She has previously spoken out against the abuses of the Catholic Church, even ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992. The singer has struggled with her mental health in recent years, yet said she was open about her issues in the hopes that it would inspire others sufferingto seek help.