Sinead O'Connor: 'I've been a Muslim all my life and didn't know it'

Sinead O'Connor: 'I've been a Muslim all my life and didn't know it'

17 Sep 2019

The Irish singer has spoken out

Sinead O'Connor knew once she'd read the Quran she'd been Muslim her "whole life".

On Monday the 52-year-old, who has adopted the name Shuhada' Davitt since converting to Islam but uses her given name professionally, appeared on U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain. And in an interview following an emotional performance of her 1990 hit Nothing Compares 2 U, she discussed her religious conversion.

"In Islam you don’t call it conversion, you call it reversion. The idea is you were born Muslim in the first place, any person with any logic would realise they were Muslim all along. So that’s actually what happened to me," she explained. "As soon as I read chapter 2 (of the Quran) I was like, oh my god I’ve been a Muslim my whole life and didn’t even realise it."

And speaking of the reaction from other Muslims, Sinead confirmed it had been "very nice", and added: "Muslims are lovely people, Muslims are very tender and very loving people, despite what anyone may think. You’re a sister.”

Asked if she’s experienced prejudice, the singer admitted she has, which made her angry at first, but now she has a fresh perspective.

"Oh yeah, it makes me laugh. It actually makes me laugh," she said. "I suppose I’m used to (it) as a woman, and as a bit of a controversial woman, I’m used to putting up with abuse. In a strange way it makes me proud, I can’t really explain why, if somebody hates me because I’m a Muslim I stand up a bit taller actually."