Dr. Phil Bosses Paying for Sinead O'Connor's Medical Treatment

Dr. Phil Bosses Paying for Sinead O'Connor's Medical Treatment

Sinéad O'Connor has endured a very public battle with mental illness, and today she sat down with Dr. Phil to talk about some of the hardship she's encountered in her life.

The troubled singer, 50, is speaking for the first time since her most recent breakdown this past month, and claims that her mental health issues began as a result of the physical and sexual abuse she was forced to endure in her younger years, the Daily Mail reports. She was very, very, very not well.

The Dublin native also noted that the hysterectomy triggered devastating memories from her childhood of her sexually abusive mother, who would force the grade school O'Connor out of her clothes so she could beat her and stomp on her womb.

Explaining what she went through as a child, she adds: "She [her mother] ran a torture chamber. She was a person who would smile and delight when she was hurting you".

In the lead-up to the chat, McGraw appeared in a promo on Good Morning America, teasing viewers by saying, "This interview was raw, it was candid, it was cathartic for her". So I was relieved for her, relieved for me, but devastated at the loss of her.

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Sinead ran away from home at the age of 13. "I have taken an overdose", she wrote. I really ache for her and I think that's part of where my suicidal instinct comes from is that I want my mother. I'd be doing the gigs and people would be going mental and I'm thinking, 'Why are they going mental?' I felt like an imposter, which is what a lot of musicians feel. She won't wash - same for us; five years living with the same clothes, no washing. She added that she didn't want to make out that she was only a victim.

The clip soon got the attention of authorities, who after seeing the video did a welfare check on the singer at the $70-a-night Travelodge where she was staying in New Jersey. "She was my best friend".

"Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead's request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal", read the post.

Unfortunately, many didn't get to tune in and watch the Dr. Phil episode. I won't respond to any questions, so please understand.

Phil said Sinead reached out to him, and that he offered to privately put her up at the Milestones at Onsite facility, where she's now receiving treatment (a facility she has recently criticized), but that she was adamant about coming on the show.

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