Dr. Phil is kicking off his TV show’s 16th season with a bang by bringing on an emotional Sinead O’Connor.
O’Connor has most recently been in the news for proclaiming her intent to kill herself on Facebook multiple times.
Now she’s opening up to Dr. Phil to detail the road that led her down that path.Screenshot/The Dr. Phil Show
O’Connor had fans fearing for her life in 2015 when she posted a frightening message to Facebook claiming she overdosed:
There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear. What was done to me this week was appalling cruelty. This week has broken me. The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. […] I don’t matter a shred to anyone. […] I’ve died a million times already with the pain of it.
Police confirmed the 50-year-old singer was alive following that post:
Gardaí at Pearce St station have confirmed that singer Sinead O’Connor has been located “safe and sound” and is getting medical assistance.
— BreakingNews.ie (@breakingnewsie) November 29, 2015
In one Facebook video, which has now been removed, O’Connor told the world in tears she wanted to end her tortured life.
She had fans fearing for her life once again with another suicide threat in August.
According to “Entertainment Tonight,” O’Connor told Dr. Phil that her mother, Marie O’Connor, has been the main cause of her struggles.
The suicidal singer described to Dr. Phil what it was like suffering through an extremely painful childhood at the hands of her mother, who died in a car crash when O’Connor was a 19-year-old girl.Screenshot/The Dr. Phil Show
O’Connor claimed her mother physically and sexually abused her:
“She ran a torture chamber. She was a person who took delight in hurting you.”
As “Inside Edition” reports, O’Connor knew her mother was creating a deadly problem:
“I became very suicidal, I was a basket case.”
In fact, O’Connor admitted she tried to kill herself eight times in one year.
Tragically, she only found one thing to love about her mother:
“What I love about my mother is that she is dead.”
According to Dr. Phil, it was O’Connor who reached out to him and asked if she could be on the show. He told Jimmy Kimmel, as reported by “ET”:
“She really has had a difficult time, and she said, ‘Look, I’m in trouble. I need help.’ And she called. She said, ‘I want to destigmatize mental illness; I clearly have a problem… Too many musicians are dying. I want to use my life, be a teaching tool. I’m willing to sit down and talk.'”
O’Connor was thankful to speak to Dr. Phil about her thoughts of ending her life, not only for herself but for other people who are suffering:
“I’m so grateful and very happy, very excited to be getting some proper help. The fact that there’s such stigma about mental illness means that the illness doesn’t get talked about.”
O’Connor is ready to say goodbye to the old her — she’s even changing her name.
“That person’s gone,” she said.
The “Dr. Phil” episode featuring O’Connor is set to air Tuesday. Watch the preview below: