Irish pop singer Sinéad O’Connor is writing a memoir for Blue Rider Press, the publisher announced Tuesday. The sometimes controversial songstress has promised to hold nothing back.
“I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book. And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” O’Connor said in a release.
O’Connor was raised in Dublin in a troubled household that included abuse and parents who split. She was sent to Catholic school and expelled, arrested for shoplifting, and sent to reform school. At 16, she was discovered singing at a wedding and later studied music.
Her second record, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” was an international sensation. It featured a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1991.
In the early 1990s, O’Connor was repeatedly at the center of cultural scandals. She was lambasted by Frank Sinatra for not wanting “The Star-Spangled Banner” played before her performance in New Jersey; during an appearance on Saturday Night Live, she tore up a photo of the Pope, which caused an uproar.
O’Connor’s rocky relationships with Irish journalist John Waters and drummer John Reynolds, to whom she was married, frequently made headlines. She has been married four times and romantically linked with actor Liam Neeson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, and Peter Gabriel.
Her most recent record, “I’m Not Bossy I’m the Boss” was released in August.
Her as-yet-untitled book is expected to be published in March 2016.
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