Sia was suicidal and went to rehab following a musical backlash | Culture & Leisure
Sia was suicidal and went to rehab following the backlash from her movie “Music.”
The 46-year-old singer – who suffers from complex PTSD – has revealed she relapsed following controversy surrounding her casting Maddie Ziegler in the lead role of an autistic teenager, instead of someone neuroatypical, during of his directional debut in 2021.
In a New York Times profile on her close friend, comedy legend Kathy Griffin, 61, the “Unstoppable” singer said, “I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab. detox.
“She saved my life.”
The ‘Chandelier’ hitmaker initially cast an actor with autism, but the role proved too stressful for her, so she brought her frequent collaborator onto the project instead.
She previously said “I brought Maddie on board. I found out I’m an ableist.
“And even though I spoke to 20 factions of the autism community, I didn’t speak to 20 other factions. In fact, I didn’t even know the other 20 existed.
Sia has defended her decision to cast Maddie in the film on several occasions and previously insisted it was more “compassionate” to cast her than an autistic actress.
She tweeted: “I tried. It was more compassionate to use Maddie. That was my call…
“I chose thirteen neuroatypical people, three trans people, and not like fucking prostitutes or drug addicts, but like doctors, nurses and singers. F****** sad, no one even saw the movie dang. My heart has always been in the right place. (sic)”
And Sia also insisted she just couldn’t work without Maddie.
She said, “I realized it wasn’t ableism.
“I mean, it’s also ableism, I guess, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her. I do not want. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include it.
Maddie – who starred in many of Sia’s music videos, including promos for ‘Elastic Heart’ and ‘Chandelier’ – worried people would think she was ‘making fun’ of people with autism.
Sia insisted: “I said boldly, ‘I won’t let that happen.'”
However, she realized she couldn’t “protect” her from criticism.
She added: “Last week I realized that I couldn’t really protect her from this, which I thought I could. We sent her to the Child Mind Institute and she received 100% performance accuracy. I realize that there are some things that I can’t protect her against as much as I try.