Sinead O’Connor announced her retirement in a flurry of tweets while promoting her new memoir, Rememberings. “I’ve gotten older and I’m tired,” the eminently quotable singer wrote. “So it’s time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having truly given my all.”
She added, “Apologies if any upset caused to booking agents or promoters or managers due to my tweeting about my retirement. I guess the book made me realize 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 : ).”
O’Connor said that her forthcoming album, No Veteran Dies Alone, will be her last. She will perform the remainder of her rescheduled tour dates but said there won’t be any events to promote the next album. “It’s not sad news. It’s staggeringly beautiful news,” O’Connor continued. “A wise warrior knows when he or she should retreat … It’s been a forty-year journey. Time to put the feet up and make other dreams come true ; ).”
As O’Connor prepares to leave the music industry, her accomplishments and legacy are being recognized. O’Connor had a memorable pop culture moment when she tore a photograph of Pope John Paul II during her Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992, after releasing two historic albums and the memorable, tear-strewn “Nothing Compares 2 U” music video in the 1980s. It was an act of protest, according to the singer, against child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.