Just 18 days after tying the knot with Barry Herridge via a drive-through wedding in Las Vegas, the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer has decided to end the union.
"I had for reasons u will all understand, wished to keep this private but have been told today it is to be leaked in the next few days despite my best efforts," O'Connor wrote on her website yesterday. "So I must now leak it myself so as the record is straight."
The songstress went on to explain that outside forces, namely "certain people" in her husband's life, ultimately led to the split.
"From the moment myself and my husband got together not long ago, there was intense pressure placed upon him by certain people in his life not to be involved with me," she pointed out. "Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband's life. And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don't drink.
"My husband was enormously wounded and very badly effected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage," she continued. "It became apparent to me that if he were to stay with me he would be losing too much to bear."
She noted: "A woman wants to be a joy to her husband. So.. U love someone? Set them free."
O'Connor also made it clear that Herridge is "a wonderful man," adding: "I'm sorry I'm not a more regular woman. I truly believe though it is painful to admit, we made a mistake rushing into getting married, for altruistic reasons, and weren't aware or prepared for the consequences on my husband's life and the lives of those close to him. He has been terribly unhappy and I have therefore ended the marriage. I think he is too nice to do so. And too nice to trap."
Here's hoping the fifth time will be the charm.