Sinead O'Connor has no remorse for the infamous incident that ended her career.
As a protest against abuse in the Catholic Church, the musician tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II while performing on "Saturday Night Live
" in 1992.
Although abuse against children
by members of the Catholic Church was later validated and made public, the initial backlash against O'Connor was swift and brutal. The Irish musician, whose career was sizzling with potential due to her hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," soon found herself a blacklisted one-hit wonder, and she claims that the public labeled her "crazy" at the time.
In a New York
Times profile of O'Connor for her upcoming memoir
, "Rememberings," published Tuesday, the 54-year-old singer says she has a very different perspective on her career than the general public.
According to the New York Times, “I feel that having a No. 1 record derailed my career,” O’Connor writes in her memoir about “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “and my tearing the photo put me back on track.”
According to the New York Times, O'Connor felt this way as a result of her career being mishandled and her feeling misunderstood by many in the music industry, including Prince
, who wrote her hit "Nothing Compares 2 U."
The Times then describes a bizarre encounter with Prince detailed in O'Connor's memoir, in which O'Connor claims that the "Purple Rain" singer terrorized and assaulted her after his song made her famous.
According to the New York Times, O'Connor was summoned to Prince's Hollywood
mansion and chastised for swearing in interviews. The story then takes an unusual turn, with O'Connor writing that while at his home, Prince berated his butler for serving her soup despite her repeated refusals, and then "sweetly" suggested the two have a pillow fight.
O'Connor claims in her memoir that Prince hit her with something hard he had slipped into a pillowcase during this pillow fight, and that she then fled Prince's home on foot in the middle of the night, and that "he stalked her with his car, leapt out, and chased her around the highway."
Stardia contacted Prince's estate for comment, but did not receive a response right away.
In the Times piece, O'Connor uses her experience with Prince to demonstrate how being labeled "crazy" meant different things to different people
. Prince was regarded as crazy in a positive way, as in, "You've got to be crazy to be a musician," she said, adding, "But there's a difference between being crazy and being a violent abuser of women."
The Times also noted that O'Connor does not appear to be bothered by the fact that the man who wrote her most famous song allegedly tormented her.
“It’s my song,” O’Connor said.
On June 1, 2021, O'Connor's memoir "Rememberings" will be published.
Visit The New York Times to read the rest of O'Connor's profile, which includes the backstory behind the photo of the Pope she chose to cry over and why she cries in the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U."