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‘I don’t want to be famous, or recognizable’Sia has explained that she wears wigs to defend herself against the dark side of fame. She even wrote an op-ed for Billboard about her decision in 2013.”If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous,” Sia wrote for Billboard. “Imagine the stereotypical highly opinionated, completely uninformed mother-in-law character and apply it to every teenager with a computer in the entire world. Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities. Then, picture that creature, that force, criticizing you for an hour straight once a day, every day, day after day.”She also told Chris Connelly on “Nightline” in 2014 that she doesn’t want to be “famous or recognizable.””I don’t want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the internet,” she said, “I’ve been writing pop songs for pop stars now for a couple of years and I’ve become friends with them and see what their life is like and that’s not something I want.”‘I don’t wear this if there aren’t cameras around’Although Sia has made a point to conceal her face when she steps out as a performer as when she sings onstage, walks a red carpet, or makes an appearance on a late-night talk show she has been known to forgo elaborate headgear at low-key events .
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Sia is open about her desire for privacy, and the negative affects that fame has had on her mental health; she struggled with drug and alcohol addiction early in her career, and has been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. She says she even considered suicide in 2010.”I don’t wear this if there aren’t cameras around. I only wear this to maintain a modicum of privacy,” Sia explained to James Corden during a 2016 “Carpool Karaoke” segment .”I was a singer for like 10 or 11 years to mediocre success, and I was an alcoholic and a drug addict,” she continued. “I sobered up and decided I didn’t want to be an artist anymore, because I was starting to become a little bit famous, and it was destabilizing in some way.”So I thought, ‘What doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment?’ And it was mystery. I was like there’s pictures on Instagram of everyone at the dentist.”