‘SINEAD IS WRONG’
Murder suspect Ian Bailey claims Sinead O’Connor told him to go into rehab – but he told her ‘no, no, no’
- 7:30, 19 Jul 2021
- Updated: 18:45, 18 Jul 2021
IAN Bailey has claimed that Sinead O’Connor told him to go into rehab — but he told her “No, No, No”.
The chief suspect in the 1996 murder of the French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier said the singer offered him the advice following their high profile meeting last week.
Just hours before an interview ran in a Sunday newspaper, Bailey claims he received a late night text from the Nothing Compares 2 U singer telling him he needed to get treatment.
Bailey told the Irish Sun: “Sinead texted me saying .. ‘You are your own worst enemy. You need rehab more than any human being I have ever met. You dislike yourself so much, it’s killing you’.”
The songwriter turned journalist made the rehab demand after a traumatic meeting between the two last week.
‘SINEAD IS WRONG’
Sinead told the Irish Sun that Bailey had started out charming but became “quite aggressive, quite threatening” after he hit the booze.
Bailey, who emphatically denies any involvement in the Sophie murder, strongly denies Sinead’s version of events.
The 64-year-old last night also dismissed Sinead’s demand he go into rehab.
Bailey told the Irish Sun: “No,No, No. Sinead is wrong. I’ve been under so much pressure in the last few weeks with the two documentaries, breaking up with my partner and trying to find a new place to live — but I will get through.
“There’s a reason why my latest collection of poetry is called A John Wayne State Of Mind and one of the poetry works is called I Remain Calm In The Eye of The Hurricane”.
The poet and woodcarver revealed how Sinead’s high-profile interview had inspired new female attention for him at yesterday’s Schull Sunday Market in Co Cork.
Bailey told us: “I have a lot of support from young ones who are under 20s.”
And he said that he had “no interest or intention” of reacting to Sinead’s weekend interview with him, which he slammed as “quite petty”.
Writing about Bailey in her interview, Sinead said: “He gives an interview — clearly designed to disrespect his ex, Jules Thomas — about many ‘ladies with big bosoms’ contacting him now he’s single.
“Is he a metaphorical kamikaze of Trumpian proportions? Or, like Trump, is his behaviour just too stupid not to be clever?”
“It makes me wonder: does this geezer have an undiagnosed condition?