Sinead's manager is heaven sent

Sunday, September 8th 2002

Lesbian fantasies aside, Sinead O'Connor's return is overdue, writes, Brendan O'Connor
Say what you will about Sinead O'Connor, she's not boring. Her musical journey on its own has been enough to keep us all interested, what with her new album Sean Nos Nua comprising Sinead bringing her uniquely beautiful voice to some trad standards.
And in the interviews, to promote the album, she hasn't disappointed either. Last week she spoke to the Irish Voice in New York about the album, her career and naturally, lesbian strippers. Sinead has, of course, proclaimed herself a lesbian in the past but was apparently cured of it and went on to have quite a few more successful relationships with men. Judging by the Irish Voice interview, lesbianism is definitely on the back burner for the time being. But we'd hate to disappoint those of you who like the image of Sinead hanging out with a bunch of lesbian strippers so we'll tell you the story anyway.
The interviewer asked Sinead about the death last year of her manager Steve Fernoli. Sinead talked about how much she loved him and said they never fought. Except for once.
Sinead admitted that Steve loved going to strip clubs and bringing all his friends over. "So," she confessed, "I had to deal with all of these boob-job lesbians trying to stick their arses in my face. So we only argued over his tendency of leaving me alone with all these crazy lesbians."
As to the suggestion that she should perhaps see it from the lesbian point of view, given that she did write a song called No Man's Woman, Sinead is adamant that, if someone is going to stick their arse in her face, "It would be nice to be asked first."
So it seems that the only man in the world to get to see what the rest of us would give our right arms to see has taken it with him to the grave. But given that Steve passed away with the image of Sinead O'Connor and a bunch of crazy boob-job lesbians sticking their arses in her face, we can only assume that, wherever he is now, he's in heaven.
(Brendan O'Connor)

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