Sinead O'Connor ends her marriage after 16 days
Sinead O'Connor is showing Kim Kardashian a thing or two when it comes to whirlwind marriages. The Irish singer tied the knot with her short-time boyfriend, Barry Herridge, on her 45th birthday earlier this month in Las Vegas -- and 16 days later, she and Herridge were calling it quits.
In a blog post on her official site, O'Connor announced the split ahead of an impending media leak of the info. "From the moment myself and my husband got together not long ago, there was intense pressure placed upon him by certain people in his life, not to be involved with me," she wrote Monday, 18 days after her Dec. 8 wedding.
"Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband's life," she continued.
But then O'Connor let slip some info more fascinating than anything else in the post: "And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don't drink. My husband was enormously wounded and very badly effected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage."
So Mr. Herridge, a youth substance-abuse counselor in Dublin, had friends and/or family who didn't approve of the woman he married. Fair enough; it happens. The only question is, what exactly happened during O'Connor's wild Vegas hunt for weed? How insane was it, and how could it possibly be enough to end a marriage?
Does this sound to anyone else like the setup for "The Hangover Part III"?
"He is a wonderful man," O'Connor continued. "I love him very much. 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."
O'Connor wrote that the marriage lasted 16 days, ending on Christmas Eve. She and Herridge lived together for only seven days, she said.
She warns the media and her fans away from her former spouse and his family and begs that all scrutiny be reserved for her, since she's a public figure. "I'm fair game. He or his family are not."
This is a sad end to O'Connor's much-publicized search for love, which began in August with a blog post pleading for a man.
For her part, O'Connor is well aware of how this turn of events will be played in the media. She concluded, "so now u can all go ahead and have a great laugh, media wise, and be horrid if u desire to. But that's my record set straight."
Herridge was O'Connor's fourth husband.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Sinead O'Connor. Matt Sayles / Associated Press