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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus - check it out now on Clash.

Sinead O'Connor has been to the brink and back again. Suffering from mental illness, the singer was thrust in the international spotlight following the enormous success of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.

An elder stateswoman of pop, the singer was recently used as a visual reference for Miley Cyrus. The 'Wrecking Ball' singer appears in a video who seemed to echo the Irish artist's work, prompting comparisons between the two.

As a result, Sinead O'Connor has written a passionate open letter to the American singer. Discussing the way women are measured by the music industry, the Irish songwriter warned her younger counterpart that "you are worth more than your body or your sex appeal".

"The music business doesn't give a s*** about you, or any of us" she continued. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's what you wanted… And when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, 'they' will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone."

Continuing, she wrote: "Don't be under any illusions… All of them want you because they're making money off your youth and your beauty… which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business."

Miley Cyrus referenced Sinead O'Connor in a recent Rolling Stone interview, claiming that she modelled her look on the singer. "The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks" she said.

"I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 years of age… Which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality end up on when they reach middle age."

Clash spoke to Sinead O'Connor last year - check out that feature HERE.

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