Sia Says She Was ‘Suicidal’ After Backlash to Her Directorial Debut

The Australian singer said she entered rehab shortly after the debacle last year.

Music, Autism

1/20/2022 6:55:00 PM

“I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab,” Sia told The New York Times as part of a profile of comedian Kathy Griffin. Griffin, she added, helped her weather the period. “She saved my life.”

The Australian singer said she entered rehab shortly after the debacle last year.

Jason Merritt/GettyAustralian pop singer-songwriter Sia has revealed she entered rehab following the release of her controversial movie musicalMusic.The musician, stepping into the director’s chair for the first time, was slammed for her depiction of an autistic nonverbal character, as well as her choice to cast neurotypical performer Maddie Ziegler in the role rather than an autistic actor. “I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab,” Sia told

The New York Timesas part of a profile of comedian Kathy Griffin. Griffin, she added, helped her weather the period. “She saved my life.” Sia said Griffin helped build positive media buzz for the singer, inviting her out to a strategically timed restaurant dinner, where she knew they’d be caught by paparazzi. Upon its release last February,

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Sia Reveals ‘I Was Suicidal’ and ‘Went to Rehab’ After Backlash to Controversial ‘Music’ FilmSia revealed to The New York Times as part of a profile on comedian Kathy Griffin that she entered rehab following the extreme outrage over her feature directorial debut, “ Music .” Sia s… She is an exceptional talent. This is disturbing. Maybe we should shutdown attention to criticism? . This has to stop. Maybe she should have actually listened to the autistic people instead of going on the attack and continuing to attack, infantilize, vilify, harass, dehumanize, and blame us for HER bigotry. She was suicidal out of GUILT. The only controversy was that she doubled down as a bigot. Paaahlease. Now Sia is the victim? I remember very well how she defended her choice not to offer people with disabilities a job opportunity. And which swear words she used. If she is a victim, it's of her own doing.

Sia Reveals She Was 'Suicidal' and 'Went to Rehab' Following 'Music' Film Autism BacklashSia came under fire for casting Maddie Ziegler in the film as an autistic teen, its depiction of autism and her explanations for why she did not ultimately hire a neuroatypical actress (via toofab) TooFab

Sia Was “Suicidal” After Huge Backlash Over Casting Maddie Ziegler As An Autistic Person In Her MovieSia previously defended casting a neurotypical actor in the role because an autistic actor she’d initially cast “found it unpleasant and stressful.” 🙄 ThePerezHilton

Sia Reveals ‘I Was Suicidal’ and ‘Went to Rehab’ After Backlash to Controversial ‘Music’ FilmSia revealed to The New York Times as part of a profile on comedian Kathy Griffin that she entered rehab following the extreme outrage over her feature directorial debut, “ Music .” Sia s… She is an exceptional talent. This is disturbing. Maybe we should shutdown attention to criticism? . This has to stop. Maybe she should have actually listened to the autistic people instead of going on the attack and continuing to attack, infantilize, vilify, harass, dehumanize, and blame us for HER bigotry. She was suicidal out of GUILT. The only controversy was that she doubled down as a bigot. Paaahlease. Now Sia is the victim? I remember very well how she defended her choice not to offer people with disabilities a job opportunity. And which swear words she used. If she is a victim, it's of her own doing.

Sia Reveals She Was 'Suicidal' and 'Went to Rehab' Following 'Music' Film Autism BacklashSia came under fire for casting Maddie Ziegler in the film as an autistic teen, its depiction of autism and her explanations for why she did not ultimately hire a neuroatypical actress (via toofab) TooFab

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10:51AM ET Jason Merritt/Getty Australian pop singer-songwriter Sia has revealed she entered rehab following the release of her controversial movie musical Music. The musician, stepping into the director’s chair for the first time, was slammed for her depiction of an autistic nonverbal character, as well as her choice to cast neurotypical performer Maddie Ziegler in the role rather than an autistic actor. “I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab,” Sia told The New York Times as part of a profile of comedian Kathy Griffin. Griffin, she added, helped her weather the period. “She saved my life.” Sia said Griffin helped build positive media buzz for the singer, inviting her out to a strategically timed restaurant dinner, where she knew they’d be caught by paparazzi. Upon its release last February, Music