Sinéad O’Connor, the singer who hails from Ireland, legally switched her name in 2017 to Magda Davitt, and this year, she abandoned Catholicism and converted to Islam. Sinead is known for her sometimes shocking political and social commentary, which, on many occasions, has got her into trouble.
For instance, in 1992, at the peak of her career, O’Connor ripped up a picture of the pope during an appearence on Saturday Night Live.
And on the 19th of October, the singer announced she had switched her name to Shuhada Davitt, or “witness,” in Arabic. The singer, who is a longtime critic of the Catholic Church, said that converting to Islam was the proper “conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.”
This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’
— Shuhada’ Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) October 19, 2018
Sinead, interestingly, joins the likes of Lindsay Lohan, who once said she was converting to Islam as well. However, to many of Lohan’s fans, it appeared more like a publicity stunt rather than a genuine conversion.
Sinead’s decision was hailed by some online and criticized by others, but to O’Connor, it didn’t matter. She continued to post quotes and religious sayings from the Kuran, thanking those who chose to spread positivity rather than hatred.
— Shuhada’ Davitt (@MagdaDavitt77) October 23, 2018
Additionally, Sinead has addressed the #MeToo movement, recanting a story from earlier in her life when she was sexually assaulted. When she took her story to the police, the star explained that she was treated as if she was mentally ill, rather than a victim.
“Victim-blaming,” as political activists call it, has been confirmed in police departments across some American cities following investigations from the federal government. Following the #MeToo movement, Sinead finally chose to speak up once again.
Years after the incident, the Irish singer filed an official police report for sexual assault. Putting aside O’Connor’s trials and tribulations, Sinead has continued to thank her fans.
She also posted a picture of herself wearing a hijab, and called on her fellow Muslims for prayer. The last time Sinead was in the media was for a resurfaced report regarding Prince’s behavior while on drugs. O’Connor claimed that the legendary singer was often abusive when he was high.