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Sia Reveals Being On The ‘Autism Spectrum’ 2 Years After Sparking Controversy For Film Music

Sia has revealed that she is on the autism spectrum in a recent podcast with ‘Survivor’ star Carolyn Wiger.

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Sia reveals being on the autism spectrum. (Image: Instagram/SiaMusic)

AUSTRALIAN singer and songwriter Sia has revealed that she was diagnosed with autism. The statement comes two years after the singer apologized for her depiction of autism with her film, Music.

In an interview with Carolyn Wiger on Rob Has a Podcast, Sia said that it was only in the last two years that she has become “fully, fully myself.” She further revealed being on the autism spectrum and said, “I’m on the spectrum, and I’m in recovery and whatever — there’s a lot of things.”

“Nobody can ever know and love you when you’re filled with secrets and … living in shame,” The Rolling Stone reported Sia’s statements on the podcast. She further added, “And when 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.”

For the unversed, Sia faced backlash for her film Music for casting a neurotypical actress in the role of an autistic character. The film was also slammed by the critics for for showing scenes where the character is being restrained. 

Sia took to her Twitter account at the time and urged people to watch the film before they judge it. “I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough,” the singer wrote before deleting her account. 

“Music in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people. There are autistic occupational therapists that specialize in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help w [sic] meltdown safety,” Sia wrote.

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