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‘She was the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ – Sinéad O’Connor’s life less ordinary

Throughout her tumultuous life, the resolutely outspoken protest singer remained very much her own person – begrudgers be damned

Sinéad O’Connor. By turns passionate and delicate, she stood determined as someone who desperately cared for people – and she knew deceit when she encountered it. “Everyone wants to be a pop star,” she said in her memoir, “but I am a protest singer” Picture: Barry McCall

The video for Sinéad O’Connor’s song Take Me to Church (from her 2014 studio album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss) is perhaps perfectly emblematic of her stance towards various areas of her life. It begins with the superimposition of her face from the indelible video for Nothing Compares 2 U, and her singing words that ring in change and transformation, liberation and self-respect: “What’ve I been singing love songs for? I don’t wanna sing ...