Sinéad O'Connor Announces Her Retirement from Music

In a Twitter thread, the artist says she's hanging up her "nipple tassels" in favour of some "#MeTime"

BY Allie GregoryPublished Jun 7, 2021

Following a brief but explosive comeback over the last year, Sinéad O'Connor has announced her official retirement from the music industry, explaining that her forthcoming album No Veteran Dies Alone will be her last.

O'Connor tweeted over the weekend: "I've gotten older and I'm tired. So it's time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having truly given my all… It's not sad news. It's staggeringly beautiful news. A wise warrior knows when he or she should retreat."

O'Connor explained that there will be "no more touring or promo" after the release of her new album, which is slated to arrive in 2022.

"It's been a forty-year journey," the artist continued. "Time to put the feet up and make other dreams come true."

O'Connor explained that writing her recent memoir Rememberings made her realize that she is her "own boss," and that she "didn't wanna wait for permission from the men, as to when I could announce it," adding "also, I'd had a few whiskeys."

In addition to her retirement news, O'Connor also shared that she is now free to be "involved in presenting and mentoring on The Voice of Ireland," a gig that she has "always wanted."

Previously, O'Connor had announced the postponement of her upcoming tour in relation to the pandemic, and then once more in relation to her addiction recovery program. Those dates were rescheduled to take place in 2022, though it remains unclear if the tour will happen at all now.

See her announcement below.

UPDATE (6/8, 12 p.m. ET) O'Connor has now retracted her retirement statements and says she no longer has plans to throw in the towel.

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