Transcript for Sinead O'Connor opens up about her mental illness: 'I love my family. I don't blame them'
turn to that interview with Sinead o'connor, candid interview. She sat down with Dr. Phil to talk about her struggle with mental illness. What she wants for her family and what she wants her fans to know. Chris Connelly has the story ??? it's been 7 hours and 15 days ??? Reporter: Prince wrote it but if ever a performer made a song total her own, it was 23-year-old Irish vocalist Sinead o'connor in 1990s "Nothing compares 2 U". ??? Nothing compares ??? ??? nothing compares to you ??? Reporter: In the bright summer of the music video era, that teardrop moved millions. ??? But there's ??? Reporter: There would be more music. Yet alongside her public acts of outspokenness would come reports of more personal challenges in her life. Then -- It's like I don't know. Reporter: In August this was Sinead o'connor now 50 from a motel in New Jersey. I'm not still alive for me. If it was me I'd be gone. Reporter: Troubling video she put on Facebook. Addressing her own desperation. And suddenly all of the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like . Reporter: Now later today, o'connor's first sit-down interview since that disturbing footage on "Dr. Phil." You tried to kill yourself eight times in one year. This interview was raw. It was candid. It was cathartic for her. Who are the people that won't take care of you, are you talking about your family. Yeah and I want to be careful because a lot of my family, I don't blame them. It's not easy for families of mentally ill people. We can be difficult. I thought it would be better maybe my family if they saw how I'm feeling they would relate to it. She wants to destigmatize mental illness in society. Reporter: Mcgraw saying the show has been paying for her care at a facility in Nashville. I think that what she's dealing with can be managed. I don't know that it can be cured but it can be managed. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Chris Connelly, ABC news, Los Angeles. Boy, she's had such tough problems but sees like she's trying to start a dialogue. She said her reason for doing this, there's such a stigma about mental illness. That means it doesn't get talked about. She is determined to change that and thank goodness she's getting the help she needs. Good for her.
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