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Sinead O’Connor on controversial moment she tore up Pope’s photo on SNL

Sinead O’Connor opened up about her controversial SNL appearance (Picture: Getty)

Sinead O’Connor has opened up about the controversy surrounding the moment she ripped up the Pope’s photo during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer sparked intense backlash with the move – to highlight abuse in the Catholic Church – which came amid a performance of Bob Marley’s hit War on a 1992 instalment of the popular show.

She was instantly condemned by many over her actions, with fellow stars coming forward to join the fury.

Speaking to the New York Times, the 54-year-old vowed she didn’t regret the ‘freeing’ protest, describing her actions as ‘brilliant and traumatising’.

‘I’m not sorry I did it. It was brilliant,’ she told the publication.

Sinead also touched on the backlash she received from fans and fellow famous faces, adding: ‘But it was very traumatising.

Sinead sparked an intense backlash with the move (Picture: Getty)

‘It was open season on treating me like a crazy b***h.’

The musician also touched upon the reaction to her protest in her new memoirs, Rememberings, which is due to be released next month.

In the pages, obtained by the New York Times, Sinead lifted the lid on the ‘freedom’ she felt amid the controversy.

‘I could just be me. Do what I love. Be imperfect. Be mad, even,’ she penned.

‘I’m not a pop star. I’m just a troubled soul who needs to scream into mikes now and then.’

Sinead’s book promises to be an ‘intimate’ look at her life with ‘candid anecdotes’ and a ‘unique and remarkable chronicle’.

The official synopsis reads: ‘Now, in Rememberings, O’Connor tells her story – the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest – and through it all, her abiding passion for music.’

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