Sometimes, we don’t like being right. Like when we worried that Sinead O’Connor’s marriage to Barry Herridge in Las Vegas earlier this month would follow the doomed path of other celebrity unions that began in Sin City. We especially don’t like seeing our pessimistic outlook confirmed by Sinead’s own sad message to fans on her website. It’s a candid revelation of what it’s like for one famous woman to watch her relationship undone by fame.
“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,” she wrote. The marriage was doomed from the start, she said, as friends of Herridge, a child therapist, discouraged him from being involved with her. “These were people who had never met me but had formed opinions of me based on what they read about ‘Sinead ‘O’Connor’ in the media etc.
“Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband’s life,” she continues. “And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don’t drink.”
Whoa. That “wild ride” comment is leaving a bit too much to the imagination (not that we want to imagine it!). But she skips right on to the saddest thing:
“It became apparent to me that if he were to stay with me he would be losing too much to bear. And that being with me was not going to serve him positively, career wise or any other wise. I saw his life leave him because of how people close to him reacted. And I can’t take anyone’s life. And a woman wants to be a joy to her husband. So.. U love someone? Set them free.”
Can you expect anything less from the woman whose “Nothing Compares 2 U” still breaks our hearts all these years later? Then again, she didn’t really give this relationship much time. They met on the Internet earlier this year and got married in a drive-thru ceremony. According to O’Connor’s calculations, “The marriage was 16 days. We lived together for 7 days only.”
But we like her chin-up attitude: “As my good friend said, ‘Well, at least you got married in Vegas in a pink Cadillac! Can’t get more Rock n Roll than that.’ ”
Take a look at where Barry and Sinead fall in our list of short Hollywood marriages: