- 17 Nov 14
The Cranberries singer has spoken publicly for the first time since her arrest at Shannon Airport.
Dolores O'Riordan has opened up about the alleged air rage incident last Monday and her current issues, including her separation from husband Don Burton.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent's Barry Egan, the Limerick star says of her arrest:
"Apparently my mother came into the cell. I don’t remember. I had created a tortoise effect. I tucked myself in, under the blanket. I was singing in the cell. I was praying. I was meditating because I was freezing."
She also apologised to Aer Lingus attendant Carmel Coyne, who suffered injuries to her foot.
"Carmel is lovely. I know Carmel a long time from flying over and back transatlantic since I had the little wee babies in the buggies. I really like her. She knows, for a fact, that it was an accident with my metal shoes. And there was bad people having too much booze roaring at me. And I backed up and I stood on her foot by an accident, like a child in the playground. I’m sorry, Carmel. You know I love you and if there is any way I can help you, I’ll be there for you."
O'Riordan claims she was not drunk on the flight but that she is dealing with "demons" since she legally separated from her husband Don Burton. Egan also confirms that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and appeared to be "dishevelled" and "frightfully thin" when she spoke to the journalist in Adare on Friday.