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Sinead O’Connor announces conversion to Islam

Singer Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name.

The Irish performer, known for her song Nothing Compares 2U, released the news via Twitter and revealed she is now called Shuhada’ Davitt.

O’Connor was ordained as a priest in 1999 by a Catholic group not connected to the Roman Catholic Church, of which she has been a vocal critic.

She ripped up a picture of St John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992.

Announcing her conversion, the 51-year-old tweeted: ‘This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey.

‘All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’.’

The tweet, posted on 19th October, was followed by messages apparently from the Koran as well as selfies of O’Connor wearing a hijab.

She has also changed the name of her Twitter page to Shuhada’ Davitt.

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Picture: Archive photo from 2012 showing Irish singer song-writer Sinead O’Connor standing on stage as she performs in Berlin, Germany. (Britta Pedersen/DPA/PA).