Sinead O'Connor Cancels Tour Due to "Serious Breakdown"

The singer says she's "very unwell due to bipolar disorder" and still plans to take the stage for a memorial concert this summer

Sinead O'Connor needs to take a break from the spotlight, and she's decided to cancel her upcoming tour and spend the rest of 2012 taking it easy.

The singer announced on Monday that her doctor advised her not to tour and to instead concentrate on herself and her ongoing mental health issues.

"With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as I am very unwell due to bipolar disorder," the 45-year-old singer wrote on her blog. "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."

The Irish performer does hope to attend one memorial concert this summer. "I apologize 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," she continued.

The "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer has had a difficult year. In January, she told her Twitter followers that she was checking herself into the hospital to be treated for depression.

She also sought out advice from her fans after a suicide attempt, and married and split (twice) from her on-again/off-again love Barry Herridge after only 16 days.

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