Sinead O’Connor to stop performing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ live

The singer says she can no longer 'emotionally identify' with her most famous hit

Sinead O’Connor has released a statement saying that she will no longer perform her most famous hit ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

Posting on her official Facebook page, the singer said that she “has ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it” and that she can no longer “emotionally identify” with the song.

O’Connor added: “If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty.”

Read the full statement below:

“OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U. The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with. After twenty-five years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it. I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty. I’m trained in honesty. I can’t act. It just isn’t in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason.”

‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ was originally written and recorded by Prince in 1985, with O’Connor’s cover released in 1990.

Sinead O’Connor recently withdrew her application to join Sinn Fein because the Irish republican party are “not speaking about the end of partition” in Ireland.

O’Connor had previously announced that she was planning on joining Sinn Fein and called for the party’s leader, Gerry Adams, to resign. In a post on her blog entitled ‘Strange Week’, the Irish singer wrote that she wanted to join the political party “just as a regular punter” because she wanted to see a “proper socialist Ireland”.

However, O’Connor revealed that she had withdrawn her application because “it makes no sense for Sinn Fein to speak of sovereignty and water but not speak of ending partition.”

She added: “It makes no sense to plan now for next year’s [Easter Rising] centenary, while not speaking now about the end of partition. I think Sinn Féin could risk being braver. If you seem afraid of the subject how on earth are you gonna convince anyone who is more afraid? i.e. the vast majority of residents of the Republic.”

O’Connor also detailed how she had met with Sinn Féin officials who told her she would be “bored shitless” being a full party member rather than an outside supporter.

O’Connor was criticised for expressing a desire to join Sinn Féin, a party that has in the past been linked with the IRA. The singer had originally said that despite there being “issues” with Sinn Féin, she was going to vote for them “because I want 1916 brought to fruition so the fallout and rubble can be cleaned up and Ireland can move on”.