After slamming white people as ‘disgusting’, Sinead O’Connor has backtracked and apologised for her ‘racist’ comments, made last year.
In October the singer announced she has converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada’ Davitt. However, in the midst of her tweets about her practice of Islam, the 52-year-old made a statement which she acknowledged was ‘so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it’.
The Nothing Compares 2U singer wrote in November last year: ‘I’m terribly sorry. What I’m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it. But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that’s what non-muslims are called).
‘Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting.’
Now, after making a return to television performing hit Nothing Compares 2 U on RTE flagship The Late Late Show on Saturday, accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, she’s apologised for her comments.
‘As regards to remarks I made while angry and unwell, about white people… they were not true at the time and they are not true now,’ she wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.
‘I was triggered as a result of islamophobia dumped on me. I apologize for hurt caused. That was one of many crazy tweets lord knows.’
Fans rallied behind the superstar, offering their support and understanding in forgiving her for her past remarks.
One supporter wrote: ‘You were unwell. All is forgiven and you are still loved.’
Another echoed those same sentiments as they replied: ‘Good to see you back on track. We all struggle! Keep on singing x’
Fans insisted they would remain by her side, as one wrote: ‘Whatever works for you. That’s what counts. Good to see you coming out the other side of it and looking well and happy.’
At the time, Sinead tried to explain her post, wondering why her Twitter page hadn’t been shut down in the wake of the shocking outburst in November.
Explaining her recent posts, Sinead added: ‘I don’t really hate white people, it’s just the way I see it is Twitter would close my account if I said I did because they closed my account for saying I don’t like nuns murdering babies in Ireland.’
She added: ‘I was rather hoping they would close my page if I said I hated white people. But they didn’t.’
It comes after, Sinead revealed yesterday she had found ‘home’ in the religion.
Dress in a red hijab, she told host Ryan Tubridy: ‘The word revert refers to the idea that were you to study the Qu’ran, you would realise you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me. I’m 52, I grew up in a very different Ireland than the one that exists now.
‘It was a very oppressed country, religiously speaking. Everybody was miserable, nobody was getting any joy in God.’
Sinead continued: ‘I left Islam until last because I had so much prejudice about Islam. It’s a way of thinking. You could almost be a Muslim without actually being a Muslim. A Muslim is only a person who believes that nothing in the universe should be worshipped except God.
‘In the same way I would have embraced Christianity, there’s things I like and there’s things I don’t like and things I identify with and things I don’t identify with. But I really felt, oh my god, I’m home.’
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