Sinead O'Connor: Miley Cyrus Allowed Me to "Conversate About Mental Health and Human Rights"

Celebrity News Nov. 14, 2013 AT 2:15PM
Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus Sinead O'Connor thinks her Miley Cyrus feud ended up opening up an important conversation. Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Dave Kotinsky/Getty

Sinead O'Connor wants to thank you for hearing her. The 46-year-old singer-songwriter has ended her highly-public feud with wild child Miley Cyrus, and even seems to think it did some good. In a new interview with Time Magazine, the Irish songstress continued to express her thoughts on the decline of the music industry and the Cyrus battle. 

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"The music business is corrupt," she said. "It's full of nothing but vampires and pimps. What was more important that came out of the Miley thing was being able to conversate about mental health and human rights. The two of us, without meaning to, did quite a good job."

The battle between the two stars started when O'Connor penned an open letter to Cyrus, in which she begged her to stop "prostituting" herself and to let her real talent shine through. 

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The "Wrecking Ball" singer then took to Twitter to insult the "Nothing Compares 2 U" artist, mocking her online requests for a therapist and comparing her to troubled star Amanda Bynes

That prompted O'Connor to fly into a frenzy, penning more open letters and even threatening to sue. But she called off the fight soon after, and now, looking back, she thinks it helped the conversation as a whole.

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"In a way, music's all been silenced," she continued. "That's why I feel strongly about the oversexualizing of young women. As long as you're visually distracted, you're not really listening … Male artists too. Justin Bieber, he's being sold on his sexuality, but he's too young to even understand what's going on." 

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