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Mary Byrne

23 Feb
Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne

I always knew there was something about The X Factor’s Mary Byrne. That, or I need more than ‘she looks a little bit like Catherine Zeta Jones’ to justify my inappropriate crush on Tesco’s finest.

The ‘something’ is that Mary had a lesbian relationship once upon a time. She told GT: “I have a lot of gay friends in Dublin and I had a relationship with a woman thirty odd years ago as well.

“I’m not gay but I came out of a bad relationship with a man and, you know, met this girl who just fit the bill at the time and we had a great relationship for a year.”

The best/only thing about Mary’s hair is her greasy fringe.

Sinead O’Connor

30 Jan
Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor on the cover of Rolling Stone, October 1992.

Today, the erstwhile self-proclaimed ‘dyke’ told the Irish Mail on Sunday: “I am a manic depressive and maybe I have a suicidal idealisation where I think that dying is a better thing. But who has never thought that they would rather be anywhere than here?”

I don’t really know much about the mental illness she’s struggled with over the years (how could I?) but I can hazard a guess that growing up queer in Catholic Ireland must be pretty tough. This month marks 21 years since the release of Sinead’s chart-topping cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, so just in case you came to this site via the Daily Mail‘s and have no idea of who she is or what she’s done, here’s the video for you.

More than a fashion choice, her hair was a political statement of rebellion against the traditional perceptions of female gender. Her politics got in the way of her music, as she was all but blacklisted from America following her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live where she tore up a photo of the pope. She did it in protest against alleged child abuse within the Catholic church, which turned out to be not-so-alleged. Let’s hope she’s on the mend.