Sinead O’Connor has told her teenage daughter that if she wants to follow mom into show business, she may want to use an alias.
“I’ve told her to change her name,” Sinead told Access Hollywood on the red carpet at the amfAR AIDS benefit in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The protective mom added that she told her teenager — who acts and sings — that if she does pursue a career in musical theater, she can go so far as to slam Sinead herself.
“We have it worked out ‘cause I’m always worried, will she get any (grief) because she’s my daughter? So I always tell her the trick is to tell everyone she hates me. Just say, ‘Oh my God! She’s a monster,’ and then she’ll be grand,” Sinead added.
While she knows her daughter can sing, Sinead admitted she hopes her teen never tries out for “The X Factor,” especially in the UK, where Take That singer Gary Barlow serves as a judge.
“He’s really horrible to people. He looks at people really horribly like when they come on ... and I’d be worried about putting her in that,” she said.
“I don’t think she’d wanna do that anyway,” Sinead continued. “She doesn’t wanna be a pop star or famous. She’s actually really shy.”