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Sinead O'Connor Looks a Lot Like ... Sinead O'Connor Again

10/28/2011 at 11:30 AM ET

Sinead O'Connor HairSteve Granitz/WireImage

Nothing compares to bald!

Sinead O’Connor was barely recognizable in photos that were released this summer (below), but now the singer’s gone back to her signature look.

O’Connor, 44, sported a shaved head, glasses, pink lipstick and a purple dress that showed off her tattoos at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles Thursday night.

The Irish crooner planned to perform her hit song “Nothing Compares 2 U” and another tune, “The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance,” at the event. And the shorn singer told PEOPLE she was most excited about the fact that she “got to dress up” for the gala.

Though her height of fame came in the ’90s, O’Connor — a mother of four children ranging in age from 5 to 25 — said she’s slowly going back to music full-time, touring mostly in Europe. And returning to her roots also means reflecting on her past.

“I regret that I had very low self-esteem,” O’Connor confessed about her early career. “I would go back and I would say, ‘Sinead, you rock!’ I really would. I’d say, ‘Don’t beat the s— out of yourself, woman. You f—– rock!’”

Sinead O'Connor HairMark Doyle/Splash News Online

–Liz Raftery, with reporting by Vanessa Diaz

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Brooke on

She looks better even though I think her dress might be too tight around her bust.

Kim on

I like her much better without hair. Her tatoos are amazing.

Sonya on

That’s better!

chevjuls on

I like this Sinead O’Connor better.

Melissa on

That bottom pic was never her.

Pogue Mahone on

Personally I think she looks slot better bald! It suits her more and is stunning and unique. It’s her signature style.

DAN LEWIS on

Well, now I’m confused. She tore up the photo of the pope on live TV…and there’s a photo of her with a crucifix. Not cool.
Glad to see the more recent photo is minus the cross. There’s hope yet! Yay!

Bernadette on

I agree the top picture is much better.To many Tatts though.

Erin on

Dan, Have you ever known why she tore up a picture of the pope? It had nothing to do with her religious beliefs. It was because of the child abuse priests were commiting and Rome was ignoring. She was trying to get attention on the issue. Granted she failed and it blew up in her face, but her intentions were good.

Just My Opinion on

Wow, I didn’t know she had 4 kids.

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