Sinéad O'Connor's Husband and Children: Everything to Know

Thu Jul 27 2023
By   tashi

Singer Sinéad O'Connor is dead at 56: She is survived by her three children!  

The world mourns the loss of yet another legend- Sinéad O'Connor, as everyone has been writing in their tribute, was a talent beyond compare. The shaven-headed, pale-skinned, and unapologetic singer could have all the amenities of her commercial success, but instead, O'Connor fiercely stood against its unfair nature.  

Born on December 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland, O'Connor's second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, catapulted her to international fame. She was awarded a Grammy for the Claim to Fame album but refused to attend in protest against the commercially-inclined Recording Academy. The trailblazing singer died in her home in London on July 26, 2023. 

Sinéad O'Connor Married Four Men in her Life!  

The late Irish singer, with her innate vocal talent, non-conformist deportment, and provocative actions, was born to stand out from the crowd. Sinéad once shared that marriage, as she found it, was the only way she thought would make her feel normal.   

Sinead O'Connor was a Grammy-winning singer.
Sinéad O'Connor was a legendary Irish singer. Photo Source: Instagram

But in pursuit of the fragment of normalcy and perhaps, a lasting love, O'Connor married four men- only to realize that she wasn't cut out to be a wife. Sinéad married her first husband, John Reynolds, a drummer and music producer, in 1987. The pair welcomed a son and collaborated on a number of projects, including O'Connor's hit album, The Lion and The Cobra.  

The duo called it quits in 1991 after four years of marriage but went on to have a cordial relationship for work and their son. Sinéad's long-dissolved marriage with Reynolds surfaced on the headlines again in 2016, when the Grammy-winning singer called out her ex-husband, and their son for abandoning her because she was suicidal.   

Sinéad O'Connor married four men in her life.
O'Connor married and divorced four men in her life. Photo Source: Instagram

In between her first divorce and second marriage, the Mandinka crooner welcomed a daughter with journalist John Waters. The Irish crooner married her second husband, Nick Sommerland, an English journalist, and more notably, a relative of Queen Silvia of Sweden, in August 2001.  

When their nuptial came to an end after only 11 months, O'Connor vowed that she'll never be someone's wife again. Apparently, Sinéad and Sommerland kept their separation a secret until their divorce finalization in 2004. O'Connor found love again and despite her painful experience in the past, the singer decided to try her luck again.   

Sinéad O'Connor died at 56.
Sinead once said that she regrets ever getting married. Photo Source: Instagram

The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker walked down the aisle with Steve Cooney, an Australian-Irish musician, in July 2010. Sinead had reportedly known her third husband for years, in fact, it was during a tour that the pair decided to get married. O'Connor's third marriage was even shorter, with the singers calling it quits in April 2004.  

Sinead's fourth attempt at marriage came sooner than later. The Grammy winner married Irish psychotherapist, Barry Herridge, in December 2011, after only months of dating. O'Connor's fourth time wasn't the charm either. The Irish singer announced her separation from Herridge after only 16 days.  

In a lengthy public statement, a heartbroken O'Connor revealed that there was immense pressure put on Barry's shoulder for associating with her. "Entitled as they are to their opinions about me, there was no righteousness on anyone's part to put my husband through what he was put through," Sinead's statement read.    

O'Connor is dead at 56! 

After her fourth failed marriage in 2011, O'Connor never walked down the aisle again, and even said that she regrets getting married. "I think I was trying to be normal. Kind of like a gay person trying to insist on being straight," said the singer.  

Aside from her four failed nuptials, Sinead had a number of high-profile relationships, including with Irish singer Donal Lunny, and Frank Bonadiio, both of whom fathered one kid each with the late singer. The Irish singer also admitted to having experienced three lesbian relationships.  

Who are Sinéad O'Connor's Children?   

O'Connor is survived by her three kids, who she welcomed over three relationships. The troubled singer had four children for a long time but in a heartbreaking tragedy last year, O'Connor's third kid, Shane Lunny, who she shared with Donal Lunny, decided to end his life at 17, in January 2022. O'Connor often sang praises of her son's innate talents when he was alive. 

Sinead O'Connor was a mother to four.
The singer is survived by her three kids. Photo Source: Instagram

The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker's oldest son, Jake Reynolds, was born to her and her first husband, John, in 1987. Jake has been living away from the spotlight and has reportedly pursued a career in the culinary industry. Sinead was over the moon when her oldest became a father, making her a first-time grandma, in 2015.  

O'Connor's secondborn, Roisin Waters, who she welcomed with journalist Waters in 1995, dabbled in music and ultimately decided to become a pastry chef. The Irish singer underwent a contentious legal battle with Waters over their daughter before eventually surrendering.   

Sinead O'Connor lost a son to suicide.
The singer lost a son to suicide last year. Photo Source: Instagram

O'Connor's youngest kid, Yeshua Bonadio, was born to her and Frank, in 2006. The Irish singer often spoke about her son inheriting the best of both worlds. "He's half American, so he's interested in going to college in America," O'Connor said before sharing that Yeshua could follow in her father's scientific background, or become a singer like her. 

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