Two years after Sia apologized for portraying autism in film music, The singer revealed that he himself was diagnosed with the condition.
“I’m on the spectrum, I’m in recovery, and so much more,” she said on an episode of the show. Rob’s podcast, be survivor-Themed show.
The episode also featured Season 44 finalist Carolyn Wiger, who shared her experiences with drug use and ADHD. Shea used to vacated He spoke about his sobriety, praised Wiger’s vulnerability and admitted he was finally free at age 47 after being diagnosed with autism.
“For 45 years, I thought, ‘I have to go in a human suit,'” she explained. “It’s been her two years that I’ve been completely, completely myself.”
according to National Institute of Mental Health According to the National Institutes of Health (NIMH), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurological and developmental disorders that affect social skills, communication, learning, and behavior. According to the NIMH, the symptoms are “interest limitation and repetitive behaviors,” including limited or inconsistent eye contact during speech, repetition of certain words or phrases, and increased focus on specific topics. ) and may affect the ability to function in school. Whether at work or in other areas of life. Autism is considered a spectrum because its challenges and symptoms vary widely in both type and severity.
In a podcast interview, Sia explained how it means “to feel seen” for who you are. “When you are full of secrets and live in shame, no one can know and love you,” she said. “And when, for the first time in our lives, we feel accepted for who we are, we can go out into the world and begin to act as human beings with a heart, without pretending to be someone else. is.”
2021, Shea got a backlash By casting Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress who has appeared in many of her music videos, rather than an actor with ASD, music‘s non-verbal protagonist. There were also concerns about the depiction of the restraints used in the scene where Ziegler’s character experiences a meltdown.
Singer of “Chandelier” defended Her decision to cast Ziegler, claimed he never wanted to do the project without her.After all, she apologized to the autism community It announced that the film will have a warning label before all future screenings, stating that it “never condones or recommends the use of restraints on people with autism.”
While chatting with Wiger, Shia thanked Wiger for competing. survivor Without hiding her mental health and substance use issues. “All I want to say is how inspiring it is to have someone in the world who is out and about without a human suit,” she said. “You just showed up.”