Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (Sia) is recognized worldwide as one of the best singers of today, but since her early days, she has also been known for her peculiarity. The artist has chosen not to show her face in public for years, and an aura of mystique has always surrounded her, quickly becoming part of her charm.
Although it is an artistic decision, there has always been speculation about the possibility that this characteristic may be due to something more, and it could be related to the latest revelation about her. As confirmed by Sia herself in a podcast hosted by Rob Cesternino, she has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), more commonly known as autism.
“I must put on my human suit”
“For 45 years, I felt like, ‘Now I have to put on my human suit,’ and it’s only been in the last two years that I’ve truly felt like myself,” she explained on the podcast, which perfectly explains her relationship with fame and her own art. Sia hasn’t gone into too many details about her symptoms, but she has explained the consequences of her disorder:
“No one can truly know you or love you when you’re filled with secrets and living in shame. Finally, I was able to sit in a room full of strangers and share our deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets […]. Everyone laughed with us, so for the first time in our lives, we didn’t feel like pieces of garbage. This way, we can start going out into the world and just operate as humans and human beings with hearts, without pretending to be anything different.”
Interestingly, Sia faced significant criticism in 2021 for directing the film “Music.” The movie revolves around a singer with autism and how it affects her life. For the role, Sia chose young actress Maddie Ziegler, but social media heavily criticized the director for not casting an actor who actually has Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“I think this movie is beautiful and will do more good than harm. If I’m wrong, I’ll be paying for it for the rest of my life,” Sia stated at the time, and time seems to have proven her right. However, undoubtedly, this film was already a glimpse into what it feels like to be in her shoes.
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