Sinead O’Connor Cancels Tour Due To ‘Breakdown’

How About I Be Me is the title of Sinead O’Connor’s latest record, but being herself is proving hard.

After a very public battle with bipolar disorder and her rocky relationship—O’Connor married in December, split with her husband within days, reconciled, and split again—the “Nothing Compares 2 U” warbler has canceled her current tour to focus on her health.

“As you all know I had a very serious breakdown between December and March and I had been advised by my doctor not to go on tour but didn’t want to ‘fail’ or let anyone down as the tour was already booked to coincide with album release,” she wrote in a message on her website. “So very stupidly I ignored his advice to my great detriment, attempting to be stronger than I actually am. I apologise sincerely for any difficulties this may cause.”

The cancellation of shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. came as a surprise to those working with O’Connor. A rep for the singer told the BBC, “We have had nothing confirmed yet but are working on the assumption that the statement on her website is correct.” This isn’t O’Connor’s first public episode. Last September, she caused an uproar when she posted to her Twitter account about having suicidal thoughts.

"Psychiatrist says I’m a bad mum and mental (crazy) for talking so openly about sex in public," she wrote. "I wish suicide wud kill me. I want to go to heaven so bad. Have for yrs.

"But I don’t wanna abandon my kids. If I cud die without them knowing I did it myself I wud."

Still, she seems to have faith that this current episode will pass soon enough. According to today’s post, she plans to be well enough to play a New York City show this summer.

“While touring will be cancelled,” she wrote, “I do hope and plan to appear at the Curtis Mayfield tribute in The Lincoln Centre in July.”

Afternoon Links: Sinead O’Connor’s Weird Wedding Night, LMFAO Set Honduras On Fire

● Sinead O’Connor’s doomed wedding night just got weirder. "We ended up in a cab in some place that was quite dangerous," O’Connor tells British tabloid The Sun. "Then I was handed a load of crack. Barry was very frightened — that kind of messed everything up a bit really." Just a bit, though. [The Sun]

● Robert Downey Jr. needed a little boost — three inches or so in his shoes, to raise his 5-foot-8 to at least 6 feet — for his roll in Iron Man 3. [Page Six]

● Ryan Gosling is too cool for shoes, post his mixed martial arts class in Hollywood. [JustJared]

● LMFAO was forced to cut short a show in Honduras when a fire broke out in the venue. The band says they "set the place on fire" — you know, metaphorically speaking — but local police suspect arson. Was someone trying to set them on fire? [TMZ]

● Jay-Z and Kayne, er, "Yeezy World Peace," made an easy $6 million performing at a sweet sixteen party in Dubai. [RapFix]

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Morning Links: Sinead O’Connor Ends Marriage, Justin Bieber Gives Friend a Mustang

● Just 18 days in, Sinead O’Connor has called off her marriage. The whole thing was "kyboshed" by her husband’s concerned family, she explains on her blog. Admitting also that "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" couldn’t have helped the matter. [People]

● Justin Bieber got his childhood friend, Ryan Butler, a Mustang convertible for Christmas, which, well, as Butler tweeted, "#swag." [Huff Post]

● Martin, the Osbourne family’s 14-year-old chihuahua, passed away on Christmas day. "Devastated does not quite sum it up," Kelly tweeted. Ozzy, we imagine, might have been a little less sad to see one of the "terrorists" go. [TMZ]

● Word has it that Jennifer Hudson was offered the lead in Precious, but turned it down because she didn’t want to put back on all the weight she had worked so hard to lose. "As much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight," she says. [THR]

● Be warned that the People magazine cover declaring Taylor Lautner is "Out & Proud," that’s currently making the internet rounds is fake, "absolutely fake," according to a People representative. [Gossip Cop]

● Hard-rocking Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Sickles gave Lana Del Rey’s "Video Games" a "very tonally pleasing, and not at all ironic or funny" spin and it’s, well, maybe you should decide for yourself. [P4K]

Morning Links: 50 Cent Working On Weight-Loss Book, Lady Gaga’s Woody Allen Dreams

Skinny 50 Cent is back, and this time he wants to help you get skinny, too. The notoriously health conscious rapper is working on a weight-loss book called Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan, wherein he’ll lay out the baics for muscle building, nutrition, exercise and, of course, mental strength. [Page Six]

● In hopes of regaining the edge lost when Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy left, the Academy has decided to let Pharrell Williams help Oscar-winning composer  Hans Zimmer handle music duties for this year’s show. [THR]

● Sinéad O’Conner rang in her 45th birthday with an "I Do!" in Las Vegas, lawfully wedding her boyfriend Barry Herridge. [People]

● Brad Pitt’s Eraserhead is our favorite, but each and every one of these portriats of cinematic villiany, as preformed by this year’s best, will haunt you. [NYT]

● Not sure where to begin your holiday shopping? Perhaps there is something for someone you love in Elizabeth Taylor’s closet. Twenty surprisingly affordable picks from Christie’s Liz Taylor auction. [ArtInfo]

● Yesterday Lady Gaga was shaken by dreams of dying like Princess Di, and today she’s dreaming of being in a Woody Allen movie. [NME]