Sia Said She Was Suicidal, and Rehab after ‘Music Backlash

  • Sia stated that she was suicidal, and that she relapsed after the backlash against her film. “Music.”
  • The New York Times reported that Kathy Griffin, a comedian, helped the singer recover.
  • “She saved my life,”Sia spoke highly of Griffin. 

Sia The New York TimesAfter the backlash about her directorial debut, she declared that she was suicidal. She entered rehab. “Music.”

Sia talked about the fallout from the release of “Music”Griffin was able to help her recover. 

“I was suicidal and relapsed and went to rehab,”The musician shared her experiences with the outlet following the release of “Music.” 

In praise of Griffin, she said: “She saved my life.”

“Music” — which debuted in theaters last year — was immediately met with criticism by people with disabilities who took issue with the portrayal of autism as well as Sia’s decision to cast Maddie Ziegler — the former “Dance Moms” star and Sia’s longtime creative partner — who is able-bodied and neurotypical in the lead role of Music Gamble, a young, non-verbal girl on the autism disorder spectrum.

A picture of Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler in "Music."

Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler in “Music.”

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Critics have been critical of scenes where Ziegler’s character was physically or physically restrained. This is intended to keep Ziegler calm. Sia responded to criticism by tweeting that she had added a disclaimer at the beginning of film. The filmmaker and musician also stated that Ziegler’s character would not be allowed to perform in scenes. “from all future printings,” According to USA Today.

“Music”Critics also dismissed the film. Review of the film Simran Hans, The Observer’s critic described “Music”As “tone-deaf”Criticized the casting of Maddie Ziegler

“It’s a problem, especially given the cartoonishness of her portrayal, which sees her gurning, grimacing, and mumbling through her scenes,”The review was read. 

Sia originally supported Ziegler’s casting. Sia defends Ziegler’s casting in an interview with the Australian TV shows “Central Recorderday Project,”The singer stated that Ziegler’s casting decision was not based on ableism, but nepotism.

She stated: “I realized it wasn’t ableism. I mean, it is ableism I guess as well, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her [Ziegler]. I don’t want to. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include her.”

Ziegler, 18 years old, first gained fame on reality TV when he was eight “Dance Moms”Sia and she have had a long working relationship. Sia has starred in many of her music videos. “Elastic Heart”And “Chandelier.”

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