Sinead O’Connor claims Prince was ‘involved in Devil business’ and accuses him of being violent with her during a pillow fight at his Hollywood home in the 1990s
- The 54-year-old singer says she was summoned to the late music icon’s home for a meeting in 1991
- She has claimed in her new memoir that the irises of Prince’s eyes disappeared as he guarded the front door to his property in Hollywood
- Discussing the moment in an interview with The Times, she said: ‘That is as true as God. I believe he was involved in Devil business’
- Sinead also claims in the book that she endured a violent confrontation with Prince
Sinead O’Connor has accused Prince of being ‘involved in Devil business’ and said he was violent with her during a pillow fight.
The 54-year-old singer says she was summoned to the late music icon’s home for a meeting in 1991 after she had enjoyed global success with a cover of his song Nothing Compares 2 U the previous year.
And she has now claimed in her new memoir Rememberings that the irises of Prince’s eyes disappeared as he guarded the front door to his property in Hollywood, sparking her fear that he was heavily involved in the occult.
Revelations: Sinead O’Connor has accused Prince of being ‘involved in Devil business’ and said he was violent with her during a pillow fight
Discussing the moment in an interview with The Times, she said: ‘That is as true as God. I believe he was involved in Devil business because an old girlfriend of his told me he had the power to make s*** move around the room.
‘He got me up there to see: could this b**** be one of mine? I guess he didn’t bank on the Irish in me telling him to go f*** himself.’
Sinead – who, in the 1990s, was ordained as a priest by Bishop Michael Cox of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church and is now a practising Muslim – also claims in the book that she endured a violent confrontation with Prince.
Meeting: The singer, 54, says she was summoned to the late music icon’s home for a meeting in 1991 after she had enjoyed global success with a cover of his song Nothing Compares 2 U
She suggested that he thumped her with ‘something hard’ slipped into a pillowcase during a pillow fight and of stalking her with his car and chasing her down the road when she escaped the ‘macabre’ mansion.
The Irish singer claims there were a number of reasons why Prince – who died in 2016 at the age of 57 – became violent during their meeting.
Sinead explained: ‘Firstly, Prince didn’t like people covering his songs.
‘Secondly, he had all these female protégés and he was annoyed that I wasn’t one of them.
Telling her story: She has now claimed in her new memoir Rememberings that the irises of Prince’s eyes disappeared as he guarded the front door to his property in Hollywood, sparking her fear that he was heavily involved in the occult (pictured in 1990)
‘Thirdly, my manager Steve Fargnoli had been his manager and they were involved in a legal case. On top of all this he was a woman-beating ****. I’m certainly not the only woman he laid a hand on.’
Sinead spoke of her pride in her version of the song in her autobiography and has claimed ownership of the tune.
She said: ‘As far as I’m concerned, it’s my song.’
Earlier this month Sinead branded Prince a ‘violent abuser of women’ and claimed he ‘terrorized’ and physically assaulted her when she visited his Hollywood mansion in the 1990s.
The star also made these claims in her memoir which was previewed in a New York Times profile – four years after Prince’s death from a drug overdose.
Icon: Prince (pictured in 1991) died aged 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose on April 21, 2016
‘She writes that Prince summoned her to his macabre Hollywood mansion, chastised her for swearing in interviews, harangued his butler to serve her soup though she repeatedly refused it, and sweetly suggested a pillow fight, only to thump her with something hard he’d slipped into his pillowcase,’ the Times reported.
‘When she escaped on foot in the middle of the night, she writes, he stalked her with his car, leapt out and chased her around the highway.’
In her own words, Sinead wrote: ‘You’ve got to be crazy to be a musician.
‘But there’s a difference between being crazy and being a violent abuser of women.’
Despite the incident Sinead indicated that she did not regret having adopted Nothing Compares 2 U from the rock star, saying: ‘As far as I’m concerned. it’s my song.’
Star: Sinead released her cover of Nothing Compares 2 U in 1991 and it shot to the top of the charts, earning her a Grammy nomination. She is pictured in the music video
Prince had recorded his rendition of the song he wrote in 1984 but did not release it – instead passing it along to The Family, the jazz-funk band he put formed.
Sinead released her cover seven years later and it shot to the top of the charts, earning her a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Prince’s original recording was finally released in 2018 on the second anniversary of his death aged 57.
His longtime sound engineer, Susan Rogers, revealed at the time of the release that Prince had written the song in about an hour.
‘The song came out like a sneeze,’ Rogers told The Guardian.
Musician: Prince is seen performing his version of Nothing Compares 2 U. He wrote and recorded the song in 1984 but it was not released until 2018
While it is unknown why Prince wasn’t keen on releasing his version of the song, Rogers speculated that he didn’t want the ‘domestic’ and ‘romantic’ themes to reflect his personal life at the time.
This isn’t the first time she has made unflattering claims about Prince after he was found dead from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his famed Paisley Park mansion in Minnesota.
Two years ago it emerged that two weeks after his death she was interviewed by police and alleged he had a life-long hard drug habit and beat women while high.
Sinead told investigators with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office that the singer put several women in hospital and claimed she had suffered the abuse first-hand.
She also alleged that Prince was ‘into devil worship’, telling investigators: ‘It’s not just drugs he was into, it was darkness.’
Former friends: Sinead is seen heading to a party hosted by Prince at Camden Palace in July 1988
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