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It’s time to hit pause for embattled singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor.

The Irish artist announced today that she was scrapping her 2012 tour due to ongoing mental health issues. O’Connor was scheduled to play a series of American dates to promote her latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, but she posted a statement on her official site yesterday saying that she “had been advised by her doctor not to go on tour.”

The post was later taken down, but thanks to a fan site, you can read her full statement below:

With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bipolar disorder.

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. 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.

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

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