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Sinéad O’Connor says she is retiring from recording music and touring

Summary List PlacementSinéad O'Connor has announced her retirement from recording music and touring.  O'Connor, 54, shared a series of tweets on Friday explaining her apparent departure and revealing her upcoming album, "No Veteran Dies Alone," will be her last.  "This is to announce my retirement from touring and from working in the...

Sinead O'Connor

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Sinéad O’Connor has announced her retirement from recording music and touring. 

O’Connor, 54, shared a series of tweets on Friday explaining her apparent departure and revealing her upcoming album, “No Veteran Dies Alone,” will be her last. 

“This is to announce my retirement from touring and from working in the record business. I’ve gotten older and I’m tired,” wrote O’Connor. “So it’s time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having truly given my all. NVDA in 2022 will be my last release. And there’ll be no more touring or promo.” 

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O’Connor continued that her retirement wasn’t “sad news,” but “it’s staggeringly beautiful news. A wise warrior knows when he or she should retreat: #MeTime.”

She added: “It’s been a forty year journey. Time to put the feet up and make other dreams come true.”

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O’Connor returned to Twitter on Saturday to further explain her retirement and noted that her new memoir, “Rememberings,” was a catalyst.

“Apologies if any upset caused to booking agents or promoters or managers due to my tweeting about my retirement,” she wrote. “I guess the book made me realise I’m my own boss. I didn’t wanna wait for permission from the men, as to when I could announce it. Also, I’d had a few whiskeys.” 

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O’Connor added that she’s always wanted to be a mentor on “The Voice of Ireland” but never had time to pursue the gig until now.

“So if they ever want me they can contact my managers,” she wrote.

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Representatives for O’Connor did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

O’Connor became an international artist in the early 1990s when she released “Nothing Compares 2 U,” originally recorded by Prince. 

She later received criticism in 1992 when she tore a photo of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live.” The action was done to protest abuse in the Catholic Church. During the performance, she told the audience to “fight the real enemy.” 

In her memoir, she said that she was pelted with “a load of eggs” outside 30 Rockefeller Center following her “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

Singer Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II October 3, 1992 on the TV show

“Outside 30 Rock, two young men are waiting for me and they throw a load of eggs at us both,” O’Connor wrote in an excerpt published by Rolling Stone. “But what they don’t know is myself and Ciara are able to run a hundred meters in 11.3 seconds.” 

She also recalled when she had an affair with a 47-year-old married minister when she was a teenager in the memoir. 

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