Sinead O’Connor starting ‘treatment programme after years of trauma and abuse’

Legendary singer Sinead O'Connor has announced that she will be cancelling her upcoming tour and will be entering a "one-year programme for trauma and addiction".

The singer who now goes by the name of Shuhada Sadaqat after converting to Islam in 2018 shared the news with her social media followers on Tuesday afternoon.

Shuhada, 53, who also goes by the name of Magda Davitt, said that she had "lost someone beloved" and has recently gone through a "traumatic six years".

The Irish icon went on to admit that she had been "addicted to weed for 34 years" and had also "grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse".

In a string of tweets, the songstress said: "Message for folks who have tickets for next year's shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one-year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts."

She continued: "This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed.

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"I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime.

"I grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse. I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life.

"Never took proper time to heal. Wasn't ready to either."

She later urged fans to keep hold of their tickets and insisted she will be hitting the road in 2022 with a new body of music.

Shortly after, she said that her concerts in Ireland would not be cancelled "unless Covid prevents them" as she will not be leaving the country for those shows.

Completing her heartfelt post, the singer added: "I truly apologise to anyone this causes inconvenience to.

"If I take this time to heal, I will be fit for a lifetime of touring. If I don't, I won't.

"If you knew the six years I've had, you know what I'm talking about. And I will explain very clearly in 2022."

Sinead is due to enter treatment at a date later this week.

Over the years, she has used her personal Twitter account to share her thoughts on the geopolitical environment, most recently saying: "What a total t**t Trump is. And how he's way too stupid not to be clever.

"They may as well just have Putin openly in charge of America since he's been running it for four years anyway."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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