After getting married earlier this month...
Holly Frith
13:19 28th December 2011

Sinead O'Connor has ended her marriage with Barry Herridge after only 16 days, it has been announced.

The singer, who has been married three times before, tied the knot with Barry Herridge in the back of a pink Cadillac in Las Vegas on December 8.

O’Connor has now announced on her official website that the marriage ended on December 24.

She wrote: "From the moment myself and my husband got together not long ago, there was intense pressure placed upon him by certain people in his life, not to be involved with me. 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."

She added: "Entitled as they are to their opinions about me, many perhaps well deserved, there was no righteousness on anyone's part to put my husband through what he was put through as a result of his desire to be with me and to marry me and as a result of his actually marrying me."

"Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband's life. 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 if you love someone? Set them free."

The singer spoke positively of Herridge and said that he was "a wonderful man", but said the pair should never have got married.

She said of this: "He is a wonderful man. I love him very much. I'm sorry I'm not a more regular woman. I truly believe though it is painful to admit, we made a mistake rushing into getting married, for altruistic reasons, and weren't aware or prepared for the consequences on my husband's life and the lives of those close to him. He has been terribly unhappy and I have therefore ended the marriage. I think he is too nice to do so. And too nice to trap."

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