Kim Kardashian might be the most famous celebrity to get a divorce in 2011, but her 72 day overly hyped marriage was not the fastest long-term I DO to turn into I DIVORCE. Pop music icon Sinead O’Connor got married in a pink Cadillac on her birthday to a man she dearly loves — only to announce a mere 18 days into the nuptials she had to call the whole thing off.
It seems news of Hollywood break-ups and divorce are dominating the headlines over the 2011 holidays. First, there was the divorce for Kim Kardashian, just before Thanksgiving, following a 72-day marriage to NBA star celeb Kris Humphries. Then came the post-Thanksgiving announcement from Chaz Bono, who tweeted a sweet but noncommittal separation from fiancee Jennifer Elia in the months following his big marriage proposal. Now we learn that Sinead O’Connor, who recently married Barry Herridge, has decided to end that marriage after just 18 days. That’s faster than a speeding Kardashian!
The only difference here is that the marriage of Sinead O’Connor may have been the real deal in the midst of rumors surrounding the splits for Kim Kardashian and Chaz Bono, over which much ado was made with regard to the sensational and rather timely break-ups. Sinead O’Connor, often outspoken, said there were some people on the side of her ex, Barry Herridge, who thought less than well of the 80s star celeb songstress.
According to the NY Daily News:
“He is a wonderful man. I love him very much,” she wrote.
“I’m sorry I’m not a more regular woman. I truly believe though it is painful to admit, we made a mistake rushing into getting married, for altruistic reasons, and weren’t aware or prepared for the [consequences] on my husband’s life and the [lives] of those close to him.
“He has been terribly unhappy and I have therefore ended the marriage. I think he is too nice to do so. And too nice to trap.”
Maybe O’Connor just wants to be sure that her efforts aren’t interrupted by (or aren’t interrupting) what should be an idyllic merging of two people.
She’s genuinely thoughtful that way.
As a green celebrity, singer Sinead O’Connor gives herself to a number of humanitarian and eco-friendly causes, which keeps her pretty active and may make her a trying spouse when it comes to intimacy in a marriage. She’s openly admitted she smokes pot (as a famous celebrity stoner and legalization of marijuana advocate), has fought to end the AIDS epidemic, and was one of the key famous faces in the 1990s to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall.
She has also worked with a number of artists to produce charity benefit music album compilations, including Mary J. Blige, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin (who is quite happily married to green celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow by the way), and a cover performance of Bob Dylan. Her favorite charity is Action Aid, a humanitarian relief charity.
If Sinead O’Connor called for a quick divorce, it probably was well-intended to protect herself and her husband emotionally [and not just a publicity stunt a la Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries breaking up]. The Irish star celeb artist has been around the block enough times to know better than to mislead her international fans into believing she is someone she’s not. But is it wrong of her to recognize that her desire to continue a life of service might interfere with a marriage? Nah. At least she knows her priorities. A few other stars could learn a little something from her… *cough especially the most famous of the Kardashian Sisters*.
Our hearts go out to both she and her soon to be ex husband in what surely must be one of the most difficult times in their life.