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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fourth marriage lasts 16 days

Pop singer Sinéad O'Connor was a rising star until she tore up a picture of the Pope on live TV. Her life story shows the sorry state of marriage among pop stars today. The UK Daily Mail newspaper reports:
Sinéad O'Connor has announced the end of her fourth marriage, which lasted just 16 days. ...

O'Connor has been married three times before and has four children from various relationships.

Her first marriage in 1987 to musician John Reynolds, who co-produced several of her albums, including Universal Mother, produced a son, Jake but ended in 1991 when Jake, now 23, was just a few years old. She and John remain good friends, however, and he continues to work as her producer and drummer.

Another short-lived marriage, to journalist Nick Sommerlad, followed, which lasted from July 2001 to February 2004.

Sinead's 15-year-old daughter Roisine is from her relationship with newspaper columnist John Waters, while her son Shane, seven, was the product of her romance with another musician, Donal Lunny.

O'Connor also had a lengthy on/off relationship with Dermott Hayes and another that lasted about a year from 2006 and 2007 with Frank Bonadio, who is the father of her son Yeshua, four.

Most recently she married long-time friend and fellow musician Steve Cooney in July 2010, but the marriage lasted less than a year.

In 2000, she was interviewed by US lesbian magazine Curve and outed herself as gay, saying: 'I'm a dyke ... although I haven't been very open about that and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a big lesbian mule.'

But soon after she spoke to the Independent newspaper and said it was not a publicity stunt and she doesn't consider herself to be in 'a box of any description'.

In 2003, she stated in an interview with Irish channel RTÉ that most of her sexual relationships had been with men but she has had three relationships with women.

And in 2005, in Entertainment Weekly, she said: 'I'm three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes.'

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