Sinead O’Connor has found out this week that nothing compares to tying the knot in the marriage capital of America, Las Vegas. She applied for and received a marriage license so one day before her wedding to 38-year-old therapist Barry Herridge, O’Connor told the Irish Independent that Las Vegas will be the setting for her “proper rock ‘n’ roll wedding” and she wasn’t kidding at all. “I’ve been married before, but I’ve never had my dream wedding in Vegas,” the famous Irish singer said. Asked why did she choose Las Vegas, O’Connor confessed that she has always wanted to do it there “because it’s casual, quick, not religious and, most of all, very romantic.”
And it was kind of romantic, teenage-like and crazy in the same time as the happy couple chose to unite their destinies in a “drive-thru” style while sitting in the back of a pink Cadillac. “She wanted to do the whole thing in a Cadillac. That was her thing,” a source told People magazine. So, on Thursday, the non-traditional bride arrived at the chapel around 7 p.m. in a pink, low-cut dress that revealed her tattoos, her groom was waiting for her dressed in a dark jacket and pink shirt and they filled out paperwork before settling into the Caddy at A Little White Wedding Chapel on the famous Las Vegas Strip. “It wasn’t a traditional dress, but it wasn’t a traditional wedding either,” said the same source. “She cried during the vows and had to wipe her eyes” and how could she not while scented candles were burning and the choir was singing “Happy Birthday” to her as she had another reason to be happy about – it was her 45th birthday.
However, despite the singer’s celebrity status, the bride and groom were the only people in attendance at the wedding; even O’Connor’s four children missed the event. On the day of the couple’s departure to the United States, the singer posted photos on her website showing her and fiancé Barry Herridge on their way for what she called “my absolute dream wedding ceremony.” She promises to post “a photo or two” as soon as possible after the 10-minutes ceremony but she didn’t, not yet. What we know though is that she is “a very happy girl.”
The singer, who said in 2005 to Entertainment Weekly that she is “three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay” and that she leans “a bit more towards the hairy blokes”, met her husband last summer, after she launched a very public search for love — posting on her website and Twitter about her need to find a mate. She wrote that she was in “desperate need of a very sweet sex-starved man,” but specified that they “must be no younger than 44, must not be named Brian or Nigel, must be blind enough to think I’m gorgeous, has to be employed and he has to like his mother.” Herridge, a life-long fan of the singer, responded with an e-mail that caught O’Connor’s eye. “I was getting off a train at Connolly Station one morning when I saw this woman acting strangely on the platform. At first I didn’t know what she was doing, and then I realized she was playing hopscotch,” he said. “It wasn’t Sinead but a business woman in a suit and in her 30s, just having a bit of fun. I wondered why more women that age weren’t doing the same thing? And it struck me that this was exactly what Sinead was doing with her search for love, having fun, and I told Sinead about the woman in my first email,” Herridge added. And after meeting in person, the pair fell in love.
O’Connor has been married three times before to music producer John Reynolds, journalist Nicholas Sommerlad and most recently to Steve Cooney, who she wed in July last year, but divorced in April and she said she “had no intention of getting married again but Barry was extremely persuasive.”