Sia Reveals Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Two Years After Movie Controversy
An Australian singer-songwriter, Sia reveals autism spectrum diagnosis by doctors. This comes two years after she apologized for how she portrayed autism in her film Music. This comes two years after she apologized for how she portrayed autism in the movie Music.
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An Australian singer-songwriter, Sia reveals autism spectrum diagnosisby doctors. This comes two years after she apologized for how she portrayed autism in her film Music. This comes two years after she apologized for how she portrayed autism in the movie Music.
The star told Rob Has A Podcast, which talks about the US reality show Survivor, that her diagnosis made her feel better. Sia, whose full name is Sia Furler, is best known as a singer-songwriter, with hits like "Chandelier," "Titanium," and "Cheap Thrills."
Sia Reveals Autism Diagnosis 2 Years After Controversial Film | E! News
Sia, an Australian singer, said that she was told she has autism. Two years earlier, when she played a movie character with the condition, she got a lot of bad feedback. Sia is talking about a new step in her journey to better health. On a recent episode of Rob Has a Podcast, the "Chandelier" singer said that she is in the autism range. Sia told Survivor contestant Carolyn Wiger during the podcast:
I’m on the spectrum and I’m in recovery. There’s a lot of things. Being in recovery and also knowing about which neuroatypicality you may have or may not have, I think one of the greatest things is nobody can ever know you and love you when you’re filled with secrets and living in shame.- Sia
She also said:
For 45 years I was like, I’ve got to go put my human suit on. Only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.- Sia
Sia also said on the show:
Nobody can ever know and love you when you’re filled with secrets and living in shame, And then we finally sit in a room full of strangers and tell them our deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets, and everybody laughs along with us, and we don’t feel like pieces of trash for the first time in our lives, and we feel seen for the first time in our lives for who we actually are, and then we can start going out into the world and just operating as humans and human beings with hearts and not pretending to be anything.- Sia
In 2021, she made her first movie, Music, which was a musical story about a woman who becomes the only job for her autistic teenage half-sister. She got a lot of criticism for giving the main part to neurotypical actress Maddie Ziegler, who had been in a few of her music videos. There was also anger over a scene in which Ziegler's character was held in a controversial face-down prone hold during an episode of overstimulation.
The restraint can put the person at risk of getting hurt or, in the worst cases, suffocating to death. Sia says she's sorry to people with autism for the movie. At the time, Sia defended the movie by saying that it was "completely" based on what a "neuro-atypical friend" had told her. But when the movie was nominated for two Golden Globes in 2021, the singer posted a series of apologies on Twitter before deleting her account.
Sia wrote the script and 10 original songs for the album that goes with the movie. She told commenters that she spent three years doing research and that Music is based on an unnamed autistic friend who "found it too stressful to not be able to talk," and that she made the movie out of love for him and his mother.
She also said that 13 people with autism were chosen in the movie and that two people with autism were always there to give her advice. She called the movie a "love letter to caregivers and to the autism community."
Sia has said that she is "on the (autism) spectrum" and in "recovery mode." This comes two years after her portrayal of autism in the movie Music caused a lot of debate. Sia also said that getting this official newsmade her feel like she was free. But the singer-songwriter didn't say anything about the signs or reasons why she went to see a doctor.