Sinead O’Connor continues to quit the music business, releasing a new double CD (She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty) as she exits. Earlier this year, O’Connor announced on her website:
I seek no longer to be a “famous” person, and instead I wish to live a “normal” life, could people please afford me my privacy. By which I mean I would like not to have exploition [sic] of my self or my name or anyone connected with me by newspapers. I also mean that (with love) I want to be like any other person in the street and not have people say there is Sinead O’Connor. As I am a very shy person, believe it or not.
Presumably she would like everyone to buy the new release before allowing her to lead a normal life.
In April O’Connor said she planned to retire in order to become a religious teacher and dedicate her life to spiritual instruction. A few years ago she became a woman of the cloth but soon left the priesthood. In June of 2000, she reportedly revealed that she was gay, but married a boyfriend, Nick Sommerlad, a little more than a year later. She has since denied ever identifying herself as a lesbian.
O’Connor first said she was quitting the music biz twelve years ago. She is rumored to be suffering from a serious medical condition.