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9 September 2019, 09:49
Sinead O'Connor stunned fans with an amazing return to the stage after five years away at the weekend.
The Irish singer was previously due to make her live return in 2018 after openly battling mental health issues, but the dates were postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
However, she has now returned with a performance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show.
Sinead performed her most famous hit ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, despite previously saying in 2015 that she would never perform it live again. She also sang a cover of The Pogues’ ‘Rainy Night In Soho’.
The singer was dressed in a traditional Muslim hijab for the show, and later discussed her conversion to Islam. She now officially goes by the name Shuhada Sadaqat.
“The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realize that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realize it,” she told host Ryan Tubridy. “That’s what happened to me.”
“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.”
Sinead will now go out on a short tour across Ireland. “I am enjoying the feeling of it; it’s nice because I actually thought nobody would be interested anymore,” she said.
“I really thought nobody was going to buy any tickets to the shows. I really thought I wouldn’t even get any shows, that nobody would hire me to do shows after being out so long.”
Watch the full performance below: