In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was at the height of her career following the success of “Nothing Compares 2 U” when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer’s life and career.
Does Sinéad have balls? Of course she does. Big ones. She talked about that region during our recent conversation, insisting that sex—whether it’s with a man or a woman—isn’t necessary for making her “dick hard.” Still, she lets it all hang out on her 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, which was released Aug. 12. On it, she candidly reveals that, “Everybody wants something from me / They rarely ever wanna just know me.”