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Sinead O'Connor Writes Fourth Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Sinead O'Connor Writes Fourth Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Sinead O’Connor has published a fourth open letter to Miley Cyrus asking her to apologize for her actions.

“Until you exposed me (And Amanda Bynes) to abuse on the grounds of my having sought help (extremely coherently) to save my life, when experiencing suicidal compulsion as a side effect of a medication called Tegretol, I had no problem with you whatsoever,” the 46-year-old singer wrote on her Facebook account after watching Miley‘s Today show interview. “I would very much like you please to apologise to myself and Amanda Bynes for having perpetuated abuse of both of us on the grounds that Amanda has had ‘mental health issues’ and that I experienced suicidal compulsion and was open about seeking help in order to save my life. This should also involve an apology to all sufferers of mental health difficulties and all those who have had experience of suicidal feelings or who have been affected by suicide.”

“Luckily I am a strong person. And I have four children whose lives would be destroyed if I were to buckle under the abuse you set me up for.. If I were not, and or I did not have four children, these types of communications and these types of articles and remarks could have had their desired effect. I might add my children have been extremely upset by the nature of media attitudes toward their mother on the grounds their mother is (falsely) believed to be mentally ill,” Sinead added.

Click inside to read Sinead‘s fourth letter to Miley Cyrus

Dear Miley

Since I do not have any address at which to write to you I do so on my site. Since I have three children at home to take care of, I do not have time to come to meet you.
If you wish you can e mail me directly at Iamwonderful@me.com
You’ve said on Matt Lauer’s show ( where you again refer to me as “crazy”) that you don’t understand why I have been upset with you. I find that hard to understand frankly, since you’re clearly very far from being a stupid woman.
My problem with you stems from your response to my first letter. Until you exposed me ( And Amanda Bynes) to abuse on the grounds of my having sought help (extremely coherently) to save my life, when experiencing suicidal compulsion as a side effect of a medication called Tegretol, I had no problem with you whatsoever.
I hope that clarifies the confusion you expressed on Matt’s show, where you conveniently forgot how it got from someone sending you what was intended as a caring message to that same someone being extremely upset with you.. And then went on to repeat the very action which caused that upset.
I would very much like you please to apologise to myself and Amanda Bynes for having perpetuated abuse of both of us on the grounds that Amanda has had ‘mental health issues’ and that I experienced suicidal compulsion and was open about seeking help in order to save my life.
This should also involve an apology to all sufferers of mental health difficulties and all those who have had experience of suicidal feelings or who have been affected by suicide.
I’m not sure if you are aware that in your own country 7 out of every 100,000 people between the ages of 15 and 19 commit suicide every year. The third highest cause of death for those in that age range (this is the age range you stated on Matt’s show “most of” your fans are) or that on average one person in your country dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
You’ve acknowledged most of your fans are “very young”. You might therefore consider being careful regarding what signals you send those of them who may be feeling suicidal and would now be afraid to say so.
In your country suicide is the second highest cause of death amongst 25-34 yr olds.
A lot of these deaths would not take place if it were not the case that stigmatisation and bullying and buffooning of those perceived mistakenly or otherwise to have mental health issues, especially when they seek help, creates silence and causes many not to seek help.
Bullying of those perceived mistakenly or otherwise to be mentally ill causes deaths. Period. As does bullying of those who express that they are feeling suicidal and seek help.
You may have noticed that in your country it is the fashion to lynch young famous ladies in the streets because they have been diagnosed crazy by media and or celebrities. This is an unacceptable breach of human rights. And at some point the media may attempt it upon you. If so they will certainly have to deal with me.
Look Miley, what you did to myself and Amanda encouraged enormous abuse of us both, publicly and privately. And will certainly have made it difficult for young people who admire you and who may be suffering with mental health problems or suicidal ideation to feel they can be open and seek help, since you had us mocked for seeking help.
It is imperative that all suicidal people seek help. Whether they do so on twitter or anywhere else is beside the point. People must save their lives by any means necessary which do not involve hurting anyone. It is extremely dangerous to vilify those who are brave enough to seek help, as I did. Or to support in any way the public lynching of so called ‘mad’ people.
Young people are being buried in their droves, having died by suicides brought about by bulling of the type you perhaps unwittingly subjected myself and Amanda to. The type of media bullying which resulted from what you did causes suicides. And perpetuates the idea that those deemed by the media to be crazy are fit for nothing but to be mocked and insulted. This causes deaths. Period.
As a result of what you did I have had numerous communications from people urging me to commit suicide. Not to mention I have been the subject of literally thousands of abusive articles and or comments left after articles, which state that I and therefore all perceived mentally ill people, should be bullied and be invalidated.
Luckily I am a strong person. And I have four children whose lives would be destroyed if I were to buckle under the abuse you set me up for.. If I were not, and or I did not have four children, these types of communications and these types of articles and remarks could have had their desired effect.
I might add my children have been extremely upset by the nature of media attitudes toward their mother on the grounds their mother is (falsely) believed to be mentally ill.
Certainly there are people out there tonight who will choose to take their lives rather than admit they need help, because when people ask for help, the media and celebrities like yourself mock them. I am sure you cannot have understood this when you did what you did.
People of your own age in particular are vulnerable the world over. It is therefore KEY that you apologise for stigmatising mental illness and in particular for stigmatising those who are brave enough to seek help. It would be much more helpful for you to encourage young people to seek help and not be ashamed or afraid to do so.
That way, if you yourself are ever pushed to the brink of wanting to die because of show business’ effects upon you, you will be less likely to be the subject of the type of lynchings you’ve seen Britney and Amanda have to deal with, or which school kids the world over are dealing with every day.
Also I would appreciate you stating publicly that the tweets of mine you posted (wherein I sought a psychiatrist from outside Ireland so as to save my life) were in fact two years old and do not reflect my current medical condition. This is because it is extremely hard to get employment when people think one is in mid-breakdown.
I have many e mails which I can send you which will show you the effects of what you did and prove all the points I am making here as to the effects of what you did, both personally and professionally.
If you like, my children can also let you have their own personal statements as to how they feel about what they have seen done to their mother.
No person, myself included, should wake to the types of e mails and communications I have had for the last few days urging that I should kill myself, nor to the type of ‘net abuse’ I have had to endure as a result of what you did.
Neither should I now have to have management write to half the show business world to explain my tweets were two years old and that in fact I am very fit for work.
I have four children to support. I can’t do that if people believe me to be unemployable.
I doubt you thought clearly before doing what you did and I’m willing to give you the benefit of doubt on that, as I’d find it hard to believe someone so young could be that calculatedly evil to anyone, never mind someone who did absolutely nothing to deserve such abuse, or to be set up for such abuse from others.
It would be extremely beneficial for yourself, Amanda and myself and millions of sufferers of mental health issues, that you apologise unconditionally and withdraw your remarks. And make clear that my tweets were two years old.
I have no interest in the ‘feud’ which media want. There is no ‘feud’ as far as I am concerned. What there is however.. Is a lot of very serious harm caused to myself and my children and probably to Amanda, and DEFINATELY to silent sufferers of your own age who may look up to you.
It’s really about dignity Miley. All people who have suffered are entitled to dignity and stigmatisation is now a human rights issue.
So.. I’m not ‘feuding’ or fighting with you. But I am asking that you restore dignity to myself and Amanda and all sufferers. in doing so you will restore dignity on this matter to yourself. To leave people you have hurt so badly with no apology is unacceptable.
You may disagree with what I advised you in my first letter.. That is your entitlement. However the letter was written in a spirit of motherly care. You’re entitled to have told me to go fuck myself if u liked.. But to respond to it in a way that has caused so much personal harm and damage to me and to people who may struggle currently with suicidal feelings.. And to abuse Amanda Bynes .. is beyond my understanding, as is your refusal so far to apologise, along with your further calling me “crazy” today.
You’re entitled to disagree with people. But you’re not entitled to incite abuse of those perceived to be mentally ill.
I find it hard to imagine you to be an entirely uncaring girl, so I hope you will prove me right by doing all I have asked you here.
Finally I repeat .. When it’s you the media crazy.. I’ll be happy to punch their lights out for you.. Which is what they deserve. They’ve gotten away with abuse of the mentally ill for too long. This IS a human rights issue.
If the type of language used in the last week about myself and Amanda ( an innocent party) had been used about those with physical illnesses, or about gay people, or about people of different races, or those with disabilities, there would rightly be outrage. Yet there is no outrage on behalf of sufferers of mental illness or depression.
Please do the right thing. You will actually save lives by doing so. There are people who will NOT die tonight, if you are brave enough to state that there is nothing whatsoever wrong with any person seeking publicly or privately, help, in order to stay alive. And that there are no circumstances under which it is acceptable for anyone to use mental illness as a stick with which to beat people.

Sinead.

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  • .

    I took a dump today and bought groceries.

    Isn’t that better news than this feud!?

  • Stop Negotiating

    Stop negotiating and sue.

  • lauren

    she must has alot of time on her hands to write open letters.

  • Sam

    She can’t sue. She put that online. It was her decision to write that therefore it’s not “sue-able” She’s just spatting off more drama. She knows this will get her in the spotlight so why not.

  • Lucas

    Sinead, you need a job.

  • Liss

    I mean she started it, now Its just sad to read yet another letter…

  • Asdfg

    I have to agree with Sinead. Miley needs to apologize for the sake of all mentally ill people and their families. The fact that she hasn’t already apologized speaks volumes. Any sane adult can see Sinead is right. She may have been a little harsh in her first and second open letters but her intentions were good. All Miley would have to do is type ten characters “I apologize” . Why is that so difficult for her to do?

  • http://TammyAzrael Just stop.

    Geez. Even Miley won’t bother reading that long crap.

  • pika

    miley wont read this and she knows she wont. its for the public to read but its gotten to the point where its too much especially because ppl are still focused on miley and her crazy antics regardless if they love or hate her

  • go go

    Why would anyone want an insincere apology? If miley apologized, her people would have told her to just to get sinead off her azz.

  • nightwish

    Enough miley cyrus already. this site sucks.

  • living in the box

    meanwhile in Japan, the ocean been contamination with radioactive. and u.s goverment still shut down.

  • Sinead

    stop, you’re looking like a crazy asssss writing that long azz letter!!

  • the point

    Clearly, the majority of commenters here are more concerned about whether their cell-phone batteries are charged up, than about real life issues such as the abuse of individuals who are suffering, or who are impressionable and vulnerable to detrimental influences that are cotton-candied for the masses; especially the young and immatured.

    Take note: O’Connor posted this on her own website. The media have swiped her words and splashed it around; to get hits to their sites; more advertising, more revenue.

    O’Connor has been supportive of Miley all along, and still is, however, she is also supportive of those at the brunt end of society’s disdain toward those that don’t fit the glossy surreal image that the media wants us to believe is the only avenue to acceptance, happiness and personal fulfillment.

  • Allen

    Miley’s response: “tl:dr”

  • ijs

    @Asdfg:
    I am sad how Miley lives her life in the open. She is more talented than that, but it’s her parents job to correct that. Sinead started it and she got told where to get off at. Period. The girl did not ask for her advice, it was not appropriate. The End. And These letters do make Sinead look crazy.

  • Karen

    Why does she beg her to apoligize when it’s obvious she could care less and an apology would not be sincere it will only come if she feels it in her best interest not those of anyone else so really why beg her.Actions are the only thing that will bother her.I know personally if I had a child with a mental illness an apology from someone who has shown Doesnt care would mean absolutely nothing to me because it will only be forced and not heartfelt.But if an apology like this makes it better for you then go for it

  • Karen

    @ijs: oh yea and Miley’s comments make her look good funnnny,nothing makes her look good.And sineads letter was not intended to slur her so no she did not start it.Poor girl can’t handle the truth in people because people like you make her thinks she like a God and can do no wrong.If you have kids now or later hope you stand behind them if they ever display all the things Miley does or that will make you a hypocrit to your own children

  • Karen

    @Sinead: stop looking like ass sniffer and reading them

  • Karen

    @living in the box: oh that’s not important because its not about Miley

  • AP

    Okay this is starting to get old….

  • Paulie

    Sinead? ENOUGH!

  • Roman

    So it looks like Sinead is doing whatever it takes to be relevant again.

  • Esther

    Miley you are a piece of shit. :) TRASH!

  • Jake

    Sinead – Stop being the V I C T I M and move on already. You started it, you brought the spotlight on yourself. If you’re so ‘abused’ then stop perpetuating what you ‘think’ is harming you. Good riddance.

  • Andrew

    I really don’t understand why Sinead felt the need to post the letter in the first place! Someone should have sent her a copy of Miley’s MTV documentary. Sinead really needs to back off here

  • Sinead

    @Karen: reading what? I didn’t read anything. fck off b*tch! I guess you’re a crazy too…Run Miley run…

  • Athena

    Initially, MC involved Sinead by saying that she inspired her video. Personally, I would never want to be an inspiration for MC, sounds insulting. Considering the caliber of Sinead’s career and talent, this is a bit downgrading coming from MC.
    Also, someone had to say it all to MC. Aside from her unpleasant personality and manners, her arrogance and lack of any debt is a true turn off.

  • soy

    this old lady is getting obnoxious

  • Diedre

    @.: Your post was hilarious.
    Sinead seriously needs to stop. I was totally on board with her first two letters, but now it’s time to let go. She’s coming across as obsessive and weird now.
    Miley doesn’t give a sh!t what anybody things of her except for her sycophant family, ‘friends’, and fans who do nothing but kiss her smelly @ss all day long.
    She’s going to do obnoxious crap until she falls off the radar. Then she’s going to escalate the crap. Finally, she’s going to burn out and either fade into obscurity or O.D.
    Sinead’s continued rants probably only serve to give Miley a huge, horsey, bucktooth hee-haw at this point.

  • jolie

    Miley Cyrus is………a bully.

  • Mkhay

    Sinead is showing her crazy with many open letters. Miley doesn’t want to talk to you nor will she ever apologize. If she doesn’t want so many negative attention on her than she should stop talking about it.

  • yumi

    @ijs: agree, miley probably doesn’t even care

  • E

    Sinead started miley complemented her and she trashed miley and then she want an apology? Excuse me I don’t think so, not to mention all the horrible names she called miley and what did miley really do? Post her own twitter tweets, has miley said anything bad nope, she even completed her once again in the today show, and she writes another letter batching miley ? What is wrong with sinead can’t get a job she has to rely on someone who is actually working for a living ? To be honest she need to dropped it, miley did not make fun of mental illness like she said miley put Amanda who also critized miley. Two people who critized miley, but miley can’t stand on her own, you know sinead is doing bullying a young girl over and over. Leave her alone already, you should had given up when miley complemented you on the today show.

  • nm

    I understand and support Sinead’s point, but, really, a fourth letter is just diminishing her argument.

  • Bob

    It appears most of Mileys fans are too stupid to even understand what a spoilt irresponsible little bitch she is with her behaviour let alone capable of actually reading the letter.

  • Karen

    @Sam: Amanda Bynes can and should for both them

  • TMNox

    A 46-year-old is arguing with a 20-year-old that openly stated that weed is the best drug in the world…. Clearly Miley is no woman of intellect. Sinead should really be writing these letters to her parents, who clearly can’t get their daughter in check.

  • Funkylass

    Miley, sometimes it is best to take the high road and put an end to this. We all know what is going on here….you don’t have to prove anything or “save face” or anything else. However, sometimes when a young adult steps up to the plate and gives respect to an old lion, quietly…and quickly…it shows the public a real heart that has nothing to do with “the industry” and you couldn’t buy with money!

  • V

    TL;DR

  • Anna77

    Oh for the love of God. Miley Cyrus is annoying, yes. But the only thing more annoying than her at this point is Sinead. She’s a grown a** woman and she needs to put her big girl panties on and get over it. If she didn’t want a reaction, she wouldn’t have reached out to Miley PUBLICLY in the first place.

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