LONDON – Irish singer Sinead O & # 39; Connor announced that she converted to Islam and said she changed her name to Shuhada & # 39; Davitt. The 51-year-old has been posting selfies of herself using hijabs on Twitter in recent days, as well as a video in which she sang the Azan, or call to prayer.
She tweeted October 19: "This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim." This is the natural conclusion of any journey of an intelligent theologian.Any study of the Scriptures leads to Islam, which makes all other Scriptures redundant. "
The singer broke a photo of Pope John Paul II during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1992 as a protest against the Catholic Church.
O'Connor's struggles with mental illness have been very public.
Last August, O & # 39; Connor recorded a tearful video of a motel room in New Jersey in which she said she suffers from "three mental illnesses" and beat the members of her family, accusing them of leaving her completely alone in the world.
In May 2016, police in Wilmette, Illinois, sought out the singer after she wrote a cryptic note on Facebook and went for a bike ride. A worried doctor called the police and asked them to conduct a well-being check. In November 2015, she was hospitalized after publishing what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook and took an overdose.
The singer has spoken openly about her bipolar diagnosis, which she received more than a decade ago. She spoke with Oprah Winfrey in 2007 and said that she had struggled with anxiety and suicidal thoughts before her diagnosis, and that while the medication was helping her, "it is a work in progress."
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