Sinead O’Connor remembers the live TV moment that ruined her career

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‘It represented lies and abuse: Sinead O’Connor reveals why she doesn’t regret tearing up a photo of the Pope on national TV

Sinead O’Connor, 54, has reflected on the controversial moment when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on prime-time television in 1992.

In an excerpt from her new book Rememberings, published by Zodiac sign magazine on Sunday, the Irish singer-songwriter explained that she did not regret the stunt that ended her career.

“It had always been my intention to destroy my mother’s photo of the Pope. It represented lies and lies and abuse,” she wrote.

'It represented lies, liars and abuse': Sinead O'Connor, 54, has reflected on the controversial moment when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on prime-time television in 1992

‘It represented lies, liars and abuse’: Sinead O’Connor, 54, has reflected on the controversial moment when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on prime-time television in 1992

“I never knew when or where or how I would destroy it, but I would destroy it when the right time came,” she continued.

Sinead explained that after waking up ‘p**sed off’ she decided she would tear up the image during her performance on Saturday Night Live.

“I decide tonight is the night. I know if I do this, there will be war. But I don’t care. I know my Scripture. Nothing can touch me. I reject the world…’

'It was always my intention to destroy my mother's photo of the Pope': Sinead explained that after she woke up 'p**sed', she decided she would tear up the image during her performance on Saturday Night Live (photo)

‘It was always my intention to destroy my mother’s photo of the Pope’: Sinead explained that after she woke up ‘p**sed’, she decided she would tear up the image during her performance on Saturday Night Live (photo)

The fallout from Sinead’s stunt was largely brutal, with many claiming the incident ruined her career.

However, the hitmaker said she doesn’t feel the need to be liked by others or accepted by the music industry.

‘I’m not a pop star. I’m just a tortured soul who has to yell into a microphone every now and then. I don’t have to be number one.’

'I'm not a pop star': The hitmaker said she doesn't feel the need to be accepted by the music industry and defines success based on her 'Holy Ghost contract'

‘I’m not a pop star’: The hitmaker said she doesn’t feel the need to be accepted by the music industry and defines success based on her ‘Holy Ghost contract’

‘I don’t need to be liked. I don’t need to be welcome at the AMAs [American Music Awards],’ she wrote.

Memories by Sinéad O’Connor (Penguin, $45), now available.

In an interview with The New York Times last month, Sinéad described her decision to tear up the photo as “brilliant.”

However, of the public reaction she received afterward, she said: “It was very traumatizing. It was open season to treat me like a crazy bitch.’

No regrets: In an interview with The New York Times last month, Sinéad described her decision to tear up the photo as

No regrets: In an interview with The New York Times last month, Sinéad described her decision to tear up the photo as “brilliant”

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