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Sia Reveals Autism Diagnosis: Becoming Fully Herself

Sia, the singer and director, has recently revealed that she has received a late diagnosis of Autism. She disclosed this during an interview with “Survivor” Season 44 finalist Carolyn Wiger on “Rob Has a Podcast.”

Sia did not disclose when she was diagnosed with Autism, however she suggested it was recently. She explained that for 45 years, she felt like she had to put on her “human suit,” and only in the last two years has she become fully herself.

In recovery

Sia also mentioned that she is now sober. Revealing she had sought treatment for substance abuse.

“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, 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 as operators just operating as humans,” the singer continued.

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Facing the past

This announcement comes two years after the release of her controversial directorial debut, “Music.” Music starred Maddie Ziegler as an Autistic woman. The film faced criticism for the inclusion of a neurotypical actress in the lead role of a nonverbal Autistic individual. 

Sia ended up tweeting out an apology to the Autism community and added a “warning” to the beginning of the 2021 musical drama that read: “‘Music’ in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on Autistic people”

Sia’s recent Autism diagnosis announcement sheds light on her personal journey and may help raise awareness about Autism.

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