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31st Jul 2023

Lily Allen slams ‘spineless’ tributes to Sinéad O’Connor

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Lily Allen has slammed “spineless” tributes to the late Sinéad O’Connor following her tragic death last week.

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer sadly passed away on July 26th at the age of 56.

Tributes have since been coming in for Sinéad over the last few days as many celebrate her life and deem her one of Ireland’s greats.

Following an array of tributes flowing in, Lily Allen took to X, previously known as Twitter, on Sunday to share her own thoughts about the tributes Sinéad has been getting.

The Smile singer said: “It’s hard not to feel incensed when there are so many people posting about Sinead and how fearless she was, people who would never in a million years align themselves with with anybody who stood for something or had anything remotely controversial to say. It’s so spineless.

“If you can’t stand up for people in life don’t do it in death.”

The 38 year old then added: “It’s also troubling that people have seemingly felt so empathetic towards her but didn’t feel that they could show it or express it for some reason. until they died. what does that say about us ?”

Lily, who has since deactivated her account, later reposted another tweet by American writer Glennon Doyle who had a similar stance on the tributes for Sinéad.

Their post read: “why is everyone saying sinead “battled her own demons?” she was one of very few brave enough to battle real demons: child predators, those who protected them in God’s name, homophobia, greed that kills….. she battled demons, yes- but they were us, not her.”