Irish singer Sinead O'connor has taken out a full-page advert in a national newspaper begging people to stop "ridiculing" her.

The 2,000-word ad, in the IRISH EXAMINER, is in response to criticism she received after calling for a "national delousing day" to rid children of head lice. The 37-year-old feels she has been mocked and berated for the past 20 years.

O'Connor says she feels she has been "consistently ridiculed, lashed and called mad" by people who don't know her.

Her plea reads, "It has taken a severe toll on my health and has had consequences for my life which have resulted in me being really fair game apparently for really an awful lot of people to really crush and sh*t on.

"I don't think there can be any person male or female from this country who has been as consistently lashed as I have been and always am no matter what I set out to do.

"If ye all think I am such a crazy person why do ye use me to sell your papers?...why do ye bother writing about me at all?"

While O'Connor concedes she is "unconventional" and has been a "little s*** stirrer", she adds that if Bono received the same adverse press, he would "kick you asses".

24/09/2004 17:31