She now goes by the name "Shuhada' Davitt"
Well-known for hits like "Nothing Compares 2 U" as well as public displays of criticism against the Catholic Church, Irish singer Sinead O' Connor, 51, is always one to make her voice heard.
This time, it's her announcement that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada' Davitt.
Along with her announcement, Twitter followers can see a new profile photo – the Nike logo with a message: "Wear a hijab just do it." And People notes, "Additionally, her Twitter bio now reads in all caps, "Please be aware that if you post racist or anti muslim rhetoric on this page you will be blocked."
CNN, "Last year, O'Connor changed her name to Magda Davitt, a name she took to be 'free of parental curses.'" Since her conversion to Islam, she has changed her first name again to Shuhada', which means "martyrs" in Arabic.
Davitt is documenting her journey on social media, recently posting her rendition of the Azan – the Islamic call to prayer and worship. She has stated that she's joyful, and yesterday tweeted, "Thank you so much to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah (the Muslim community) today on this page. You can't begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me."
Since her announcement, Davitt has received both criticism and support for her decision to convert to Islam. It was only a few years ago that the singer was struggling with mental health issues. As per USA Today, "In November 2015, she made a suicide threat on Facebook over child-custody issues. The following May, she went missing for a day before turning up in a Chicago suburb. In 2017, she sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil on his daytime talk show, where she revealed that her emotional troubles had been triggered by the hormonal effects of a radical hysterectomy."
Follow Davitt's journey on Twitter as she continues to update her feed and post photos. Just don't expect to see her in her very first hijab.
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In a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Hall described O'Connor as a:
desperate, attention-seeker, now known perhaps as much for her bizarre, unhinged internet rants as for her music.
According to the complaint, 'Ever since O'Connor posed her malicious and reckless lies about Hall on her 'OFFICIAL Facebook page' (where they have been commented on and forwarded thousands of times), her brazen lies have spread like wildfire across the media throughout the United States and the world.'
Hall also states in the lawsuit that he hasn't had any contact with O'Connor in 25 years and that her accusation of criminal conduct is 'extraordinarily damaging' to his reputation.
In the Facebook post that Hall feels so aggrieved by, O'Connor says:
Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch) Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherrif's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave
Oh, knock it off, you two!
Do I have to separate you and send you to your rooms?
Sinead, if Arsenio doesn't drop his lawsuit, why not counter-sue him for calling you a desperate attention seeker?
The important thing to remember is that Sinead O'Connor brought the world her beautiful version of Prince's timeless ballad, 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'
We will never forget the artistry of Sinead O'Connor or the brilliance of Prince...but Arsenio Hall? He won't register a footnote in our cultural history, no matter how many dicks he has sucked or not sucked.