Sinead O’Connor on Prince: “Me and my friends thought we’d fall in love”

The Irish singer had an up and down relationship with the man who penned Nothing Compares 2 U.

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Nothing Compares Sinead had her greatest hit with a Prince song. Image Picture Kevin Winter/Getty

She had a famously turbulent relationship with the Purple One, who penned her biggest hit Nothing Compares 2U. But at one point, Sinead O’Connor thought she and Prince would fall in love.

The Irish singer revealed how she first got a call from Prince when she was living in the States in the 1980s.

In a since-deleted post online, Sinead wrote: “As I’m figuring what to wear one mid-week morning, the phone rings in my room. Effeminate but oddly irritated male voice asks: ‘Is that Shine-head O’Kahn-er?’

“I say ‘No, this is Sinead O’Connor’ just to wind him up. Then I ask him who he is.
“He says he’s Prince. Says he wants to send a car down for me later, and let’s hang out.”

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Beauty Sinead in the 1990 video for her greatest hit, written by Prince.

O’Connor continued: “I’m still 23. Me and my friends get romantic ideas. We all thought maybe me and him would fall in love.”

“At very least, we thought me and him would get on well, because the lovely Steve Fargnoli (my manager) had previously managed him, and had first introduced us.”

O’Connor would go on to record Nothing Compares 2U, originally written by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. 

Her version of the song went to No 1 on the US chart on April 21 1990, exactly 26 years before Prince’s death.

As the song took off, O’Connor revealed Prince told her to come to his house because he was unhappy with how the outspoken young starlet was conducting herself in public. (She hadn’t even ripped up the picture of the Pope at that stage).

In an interview with Norwegian radio station NRK in 2014, O’Connor said: “I did meet him a couple of times. We didn’t get on at all. In fact, we had a punch-up.

“He summoned me to his house after Nothing Compares 2U. It’s foolish to do this to an Irishwoman, but he said he didn’t like me saying bad words in interviews. So I told him to fuck off.

“He got quite violent. I had to escape out of his house at five in the morning. He packed a bigger punch than mine.

“We didn’t really hit it off, but that’s best left in the past.”

Listen to Prince’s original version of Nothing Compares 2U below.

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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