Panic attacks, stalkers and open commentary on her sexuality have prompted super talented Australian singer-songwriter Sia to consider quitting music following the launch of her latest record We Are Born in June.
In a piece she wrote for The Times called “What it feels like to hate feeling famous” she said: “When I was outed by Perez Hilton as bisexual, I suddenly started being asked a lot of personal questions, which was really difficult. I’d had a relationship with a woman when I was 20, but nobody cared then. As it came at the same time as my fame, it made me withdraw, and I started to have panic attacks. It was then that I was prescribed antidepressants – fame made me develop a panic disorder.”
“It’s no wonder Britney Spears was diagnosed as bipolar. Amy Winehouse wasn’t doing crack and heroin until she became successful. And then there’s Heath Ledger… People aren’t honest about the horrors of fame. The downsides are so overwhelming that, for me, there is no payoff.”
“Now my dream is to write songs for others, to have a baby, to have a routine… I want a normal job. I want to be who I was before all this.”
The same day the article was published (16 May) Sia posted the following Tweet:
Sia’s on-again-off-again bestfriend, Perez Hilton, commented about her Times piece on his blog:
“We’ll see if this one actually pans out! How many singers claim to quit and then pop right back up after being out of the public’s eye for too long??”
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