Sinead O’Connor has declared that she is boycotting BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour after what she called an “offensive and misogynistic” interview.
The show’s host Emma Barnett asked the singer about being referred to as a “crazy lady” during the interview, in which Sinead also compared herself to Jamaican men.
Taking to her Twitter account on Tuesday, Sinead said she had been asked “abusive and invalidating” questions by Emma, and apologised for the comparison she made to Jamaican men.
She tweeted: “Actually found the interview with @Emmabarnett extremely offensive and even misogynistic. One abusive and invalidating question or statement after another: ‘madwoman in the attic.’
“At that point I should have ended it. I will absolutely never do Woman’s Hour again.”
Sinead continued in another tweet: “Also, apologies if I accidentally offended Jamaican men.
“I was referring to specific friends of mine in the music business.
“Jamaican people are my favourite people on this earth and Jamaican male musicians my biggest inspiration.”
Sinead had been on the radio show to promote her memoir Rememberings.
During the interview, Emma spoke of how The Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick had called Sinead “the crazy lady in pop’s attic”.
Emma said: “I was very struck by an interview with Neil McCormick, the music critic for The Telegraph, when he said your reputation as ‘the crazy lady in pop’s attic’ has pursued you.”
“I wonder what you make of that?” Emma added.
Sinead seemed taken aback by the question, and pointed out the line was in reference to Bertha Mason from Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre.
The character is violent and locked up in the attic by her husband Mr Rochester.
She said: “I think it’s a bit extreme to make the Jane Eyre comparison, I don’t think I’ve ever been perceived as ‘the crazy lady in pop’s attic’ as represented in Jane Eyre…
“It’s not like I’m trying to attack people with knives or trying to strangle people while I’m walking around in my nightdress.”
During the interview, Sinead spoke about having four children by four different dads: she shares Jake, 33, with Donal Reynolds, Roisin, 24, with John Waters, Jake, 16, with Donal Lunny and Yeshua, 14, with Frank Bonadio.
Sinead said in the interview: “I’m kind of like a Jamaican father, fathers say is a revolving door in my house.
“Nobody bats an eyelid when Jamaican fellas have kids with f**king – sorry didn’t mean to say that – they have kids with tons of people and no one bats an eyelid.”
When Emma said her comments may offend people, Sinead added: “I wasn’t stereotyping, I was talking about a particular man I cant remember his name. I have to stop you there…
“I’m not generalising on Jamaican people. They are my favourite people on earth, they’re the greatest people on planet earth…
“The fact is lots of them have lots of kids with lots of women and nobody bats a f**king eyelid. I can name you a hundred men.”