Singer Sinead O’Connor has canceled all of her upcoming live shows five months after the tragic death of her teenage son Shane O’Connor.
The hitmaker of “Nothing Compares 2 U” lost her 17-year-old son in January, who in his own words “decided to end his earthly struggle today and be with God now.”
As she continues to mourn the loss, O’Connor’s management team has released a statement announcing that she is canceling all of her scheduled performances and will not be performing for the rest of the year.
The company, 67 Management, said it wasn’t easy for the singer to abruptly cancel her upcoming shows, but said it’s a decision she “had to make for her own health and well-being”.
“We would like to respectfully announce that due to the ongoing grief over the tragic loss of her beloved son Shane earlier this year, Sinead O’Connor will not be performing live in 2022,” they said in a statement.
“Thank you to the friends and fans of Sinead whose support and understanding we hold dear during this time. The love shown has been a source of great comfort and peace to Sinead.”
In February, O’Connor said she had finished performing after the news of her son’s death, saying there was nothing left “to sing about”.
“Just to say, suggestions that there will be performances again this year or next year or ever are false,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “There will never be anything to sing about again. #DropsMike.”
The teen escaped suicide in an Irish hospital the day before committing suicide, the pop star claimed on Twitter shortly after his death.
Announcing the tragic news, O’Connor wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the light of my life, has decided today to end his earthly struggle and is now by God.. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please have peace.”
O’Connor herself was hospitalized after tweeting distressing messages suggesting she intended to “follow” her son.
“I have decided to follow my son. There’s no point living without him,” she said of Shane in a moment of deep sadness. “I stayed just for him. And now he’s gone.”
She later assured fans everything was fine, writing in a now-deleted tweet: “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that… I’m sorry I upset everyone. I’m lost without my kid and I hate myself. The hospital will help for a while.”