After undergoing treatment, O'Connor agreed to sit down with Dr. Phil for an intimate interview in which she opened up about her troubled childhood and her claims that she was both physically and sexually abused by her late mother, Marie O'Connor, who died in a car crash when she was 19.
According to Dr. Phil, it was O'Connor herself who wanted to go public with her struggle with suicidal thoughts and personal demons in a televised interview.
"I said, 'I will help you. I'm happy to do this quietly and privately, or we can do it publicly,' and she said, 'Oh, no, no. I watch your show and you talk about your guests being teaching tools. I'm willing to be a teaching tool. I want to destigmatize mental illness,'" Dr. Phil recounted. "She said, 'Look at all the musicians just recently that have taken their own lives [or have had] drug overdoses. We need to talk about this. I don't want to live in the shadows anymore, I want to be a teaching tool.'"