“Prince took her to his spooky Hollywood house, admonished her for swearing in interviews, harrassed his butler to serve her soup against her refusal, and charmingly suggested a pillow fight, only to hit her with something hard he’d put into his pillowcase”
10:52 a.m., May 19, 2021
Sinead O’Connor has spoken up about being assaulted by Prince and ending up in a weird brawl in his mansion.
It happened after she released her 1990 hit, Nothing Compares 2 U, which he wrote, according to her new autobiography, Rememberings.
The Dublin celebrity was interviewed by the New York Times about the book, and she said that she had to abandon his home when he became violent.
The newspaper reported that Prince took her to his spooky Hollywood mansion, admonished her for swearing in interviews, harrassed his butler to serve her soup despite her repeated refusals, and gently suggested a pillow fight, only to hit her with something hard he’d put into his pillowcase.
“He trailed her with his car, leapt out, and pursued her along the highway when she escaped on foot in the middle of the night,” she writes.
“You have to be crazy to be a musician,” O’Connor told the New York Times, “but there’s a difference between being insane and being a violent abuser of women.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s my song,” she stated of the worldwide hit tune.
The 54-year-old popstar has previously suggested that Purple Rain musician Prince, who died in 2016 at the age of 57, had become aggressive.
“He invited me to his place in Los Angeles and started to hand out to me for swearing in interviews,” she told a British publication in 2007.
“When I told him to go f—k himself, he became enraged and physically threatening. I had no choice but to flee.”
“He can pack a punch,” she later remarked. A couple punches were thrown. I couldn’t do anything except spit. I spat quite a little on him.”
In her memoir, Rememberings, O’Connor denies having a fling with Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, although she does admit to having one with Peter Gabriel.
“You’ll have to read it to find out what vulgar term she applies to their affair,” the Times claims.
After a “complete breakdown” following a hysterectomy, O’Connor began writing the memoir in 2015 and finished it later that year.
She had been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder and had received years of mental-health treatment.
She describes the fallout from her infamous Saturday Night Live performance, in which she tore a photo of Pope John Paul II, as “traumatic.”
“I’m not sorry for what I did. Her protest against abuse in the Catholic Church was “amazing,” she claimed.
“However, it was quite traumatic. It was no longer taboo to treat me like a mad woman.”
“I could just be myself,” O’Connor writes in the book. Do what I enjoy. Allow yourself to be flawed. Become enraged.
“I’m not a pop star,” she says. I’m just a disturbed soul that occasionally needs to shout into microphones.”
She sees the criticism as pushing her away from the wrong life, that of mainstream pop, and forcing her to make a living performing live, which she prefers.
O’Connor spent six years in and out of mental health facilities, and the book is largely dedicated to the personnel and patients of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s University Hospital.
O’Connor said she’s working on a new album called No Veteran Dies Alone, which will be released later in 2021.
She worked with Irish electronic producer David Holmes, who scored Killing Eve and several Steven Soderbergh films, on the album, which is her first in seven years.