Sinead O'Connor talks hard upbringing in new interview

Sinead O'Connor Details Years of Physical and Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Her Mother: 'She Ran a Torture Chamber'

Sinead described her relationship as very mixed and it was clearly a love/hate situation.

Sinead said: "My sister had the most attractive red hair, glorious red hair, the type you'd be jealous of", comparing her hair to that of Christina Hendricks.

The star also stated that she doesn't believe she is now mentally ill, but said that she did attempt to commit suicide seven times in a year.

"She ran a torture chamber, it was a torture chamber". It was a torture chamber. "She was a person who took delight in hurting you". She added that she didn't want to make out that she was only a victim. "I am nothing" or else she'd beat me".

When the star was 19 years old, her mother died in a vehicle crash.

The 50-year-old singer dismissed the notion that the video was a cry for help; instead, she said it was a last-ditch effort to reach her family - though she admitted it didn't work.

Sinead O'Connor has opened up about her struggle with mental illness in an emotional interview with Dr. Phil - her first appearance on TV since a harrowing video where she hinted at having suicidal thoughts went viral.

"What happened was I had been writing to my family, begging letters and angry letters". "I thought about it for a year before I did it".

"She was insistent that her goal was to destigmatize mental illness", he also said in his intro. "We can be hard", she explained.

In a preview for the episode, airing Tuesday, September 12, the "Nothing Compares to You'" singer alleged she suffered years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother, Marie O' Connor. "Sinead O'Connor is gone".

In the video, O'Connor - who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003 - sobbed as she talked about being away from her family and her feelings of isolation.

"I'm not going to die, I'm not going to die but still this is no way for people to be living", she said.

"There's absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist - the sweetest man on earth, who says I'm his hero - and that's about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment".

The musician has been married four times and has one child with each of her ex husbands.She has also legally changed her name to Madga Davitt to be free of "parental curses".

And she reveals she is now "excited" to be getting some "proper help" with her mental illnesses.

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