O’Connor ‘heartbroken’ over Cooney split

SINÉAD O’CONNOR has sent a message to the media that she won’t be destroyed by criticism of her recent weight gain.

The singer had said that media focus on her weight caused much pain during her eight-month marriage to Australian musician Steve Cooney.

The two married when on tour last summer but earlier this week, the Dubliner announced they were going their separate ways.

“I didn’t mind putting on weight — the problem is strangers telling me I was fat. That was hard on our marriage,” she said.

However, yesterday Sinéad said that she was waiting to be flooded with gifts from international fashion designers — now that her wardrobe was twice the size due to Cooney’s speedy exit from her Bray home.

“When Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise split up, she said ‘at least now I can wear high heels again’. Well, now I have twice the wardrobe space so I’m just waiting for all those gifts to start coming in. Size 14 please,” she quipped.

“Steve is lovely so it’s not his fault but mine... it was an extremely happy marriage... I’m heartbroken about it breaking up,” she said.

The mother-of-four has been open about her bipolar disorder. Until recently, it was being controlled by lithium but she has thrown that medication away lately as it is known to cause bloating and weight-gain.

O’Connor had announced her wedding to Cooney via a statement on her official website on July 22, 2010. “We who run this site are very happy to announce the marriage of Steve Cooney and Sinéad O’Connor has taken place this morning,” read the statement.

“Thanks be to the Great Lord Jah. Rastafarai. Dread I. Conquering Lion I. One love.”

O’Connor’s new album ‘Home’ is due out this summer, while Cooney is currently studying for a PhD.

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