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Sinead O'Connor assures fans she won't commit suicide

Sinead O'Connor has assured fans she won't commit suicide despite posting a number of worrying messages on Twitter over the last few days.

The 44-year-old singer has written an open letter on her website in which she explains that she used Twitter to seek help for her mental health problems.

'I am not at all sorry that I wrote what I did on twitter. It was a cry for help and help was received. So it was worth it,' O'Connor wrote. 'I have no shame around the fact that I can be shot into suicidal feelings by certain people's treatment of me. I am no different to any other person.'

The 'Nothing Compares To You' singer continued by encouraging anyone who felt suicidal to admit their problem and not feel ashamed: 'There is no shame in feeling suicidal. Nor in anyone knowing that wave passes over you sometimes. No one should be judged badly for however it is they choose to make their cry of help.'

O'Connor, who attempted suicide 11 years ago, has cited the recent break-up of her third marriage as the catalyst behind her mental health problems. But the singer has made it clear that people branding her 'crazy' only exacerbate the situation.

'I have often and still often struggle with suicidal feelings when I am subjected to this 'mad' Sinead O'Connor business. It's is wrong. Degrading. Insulting. A breach of my human rights as I see it, and most disrespectful.'

The singer has also repeated her much publicised search for a new boyfriend via Twitter announcing that she is 'desperate' for sex. O'Connor followed up her tweet with a 29 point advert for potential new men on her personal website.

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