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Sia: Get To Know The Woman Behind The Blonde Wig

Here’s everything you wanted to know about Sia.

Other than her emotionally-charged pop songs and strange, haunting music videos, Sia is probably most known for wearing a giant blonde wig that covers most of her face. Sia’s rarely ever seen without it, and it’s drawn countless questions about what lies beneath. Who is the woman behind the massive bob? 

Here, we fill you in on Sia’s biography and answer 45 questions about the life of the mysterious artist.

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Who Is Sia And Why Is She Famous?

Sia is a singer and songwriter who first earned success writing hits for other pop stars. By 2014 though, people began paying attention to her own work following the release of her sixth album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

Then, in the same year, Sia began releasing music videos featuring child dancer Maddie Ziegler as “Sia” performing strange and captivating choreography. These videos became viral sensations and, in the case of ‘Chandelier’, were recreated live and referenced endlessly that year. There was even a totally insane ‘Chandelier’-esque fragrance ad directed by Spike Jonze! 

Since then, Sia’s been a constant source of fascination, especially since she refuses to show her face, and chooses to conceal it with giant blonde wigs.

Why Does Sia Hide Her Face?

Sia isn’t a fan of being a famous celebrity, and covering her face with massive wigs helps her enjoy her privacy. 

In an interview with Kristen Wiig, Sia said, “I’m trying to have some control over my image. And I’m allowed to maintain some modicum of privacy. But also I would like not to be picked apart or for people to observe when I put on ten pounds or take off ten pounds or I have a hair extension out of place or my fake tan is botched.

Sia performs 'good morning america' alongside the ABC hosts
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Has Sia Been To Rehab?

Yes. Sia has been very open about her dark past of drug addiction and alcoholism. 

When Was Sia Born?

Sia was born in Adelaide, South Australia on December 18, 1975.

What Is Sia’s Full Name?

Sia’s full name is Sia Kate Isobelle Furler.

What Is Sia’s Nationality?

She’s Australian!

Sia at the 2010 ARIA Awards
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What Are Sia’s Measurements?

How Tall Is Sia?

Sia is 5’4” or 1.63 meters.

How Much Does Sia Weigh?

Sia weighs about 62 kg.

What Is Sia’s Bra Size?

34A.

What Is Sia’s Net Worth?

Sia has an estimated net worth of $USD25 million ($AUD36.8 million).

Where Does Sia Live?

Sia has a house in Los Angeles. 

What Religion Does Sia Practice?

It’s kind of all over the place. But she does believe in God! 

According to Music Feeds, Sia was on a radio show when she revealed that she believes in a “higher power called ‘Whatever Dude” and that he’s a queer guy who looks like Santa Claus. Whether she was serious is up for debate, but she does have the words “Whatever Dude” tattoo on her hand.

Sia's left hand showing a tattoo 'whatever dude'
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Where Did Sia Go To High School?

Sia grew up in Adelaide and studied at Adelaide High School.

Who Are Sia’s Parents?

Sia’s father is blues guitarist Phil Colson. Her mother is a teacher named Loene Furler. 

Does Sia Have Any Siblings Or Is She The Only Child Of Her Family?

Sia doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. Her parents were never married and separated when she was 10 (which is why she uses her mother’s last name). 

Who Has Sia Dated In The Past?

In 1997, Sia dated a waiter named Dan Pontifex for about a year and a half. Tragically, Dan was killed in a car accident in London at the age of 24. Though he was no longer her boyfriend at the time of his death, Pontifex’s friends encouraged her to stay with them in London. They spent a lot of time drinking and doing drugs to grieve their beloved friend’s death. Sia talks openly about how the loss of her ex-bf brought her to a dark place of addiction and alcoholism.

Sia also dated Le Tigre’s JD Samson for several years.

J.D. Samson and Sia at the HOUSE OF CAMPARI
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What Is Sia’s Sexuality?

There have been many questions about her sexuality in the past, with folks arguing over whether she was gay or bisexual. 

Sia herself identifies as queer. She says she doesn’t want to identify as a lesbian because she hasn’t had too many girlfriends. In 2013, she tweeted, “I’m queer. I don’t really identify as a lesbian because I’ve dated predominantly men. But I’ve certainly dated women. 

Who Is Sia Dating Now?

Nobody really knows if Sia’s dating anyone in particular right now, but in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Sia revealed that she’s been trying her hand at dating apps. She even puts up photos of her face! Turns out, barely anyone recognises her without the wig.

A photo of Sia's hand at the 2014 Wayuu Taya Gala
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Is Sia Married?

Not at the moment. She was, however, briefly married to documentary filmmaker Erik Lang for two years.

When Did Sia Get Married?

Erik confirmed their engagement in June of 2014 by posting a photo of an engagement ring on Instagram. Two months later, the couple got married on August 3, 2014. Their wedding took place in Palm Springs, California.

Sia standing with her producer, Erik Anders at The Creators party
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Is Sia Divorced?

Yes. Sia and Erik split in 2016, but have chosen to remain friends. Speaking to ET, Sia said, “After much soul searching and consideration, we have made the decision to separate as a couple. We are, however, dedicated to remaining friends”.

Why Did Sia And Her Husband Split?

Sia never explained the reason behind the split. However, rumour has it that their divorce papers cite “irreconcilable differences”.

Does Sia Have Any Children?

Nope, Sia does not have any kids.

Is Sia Trying To Adopt?

In May, Sia announced on Twitter that she wanted to adopt Dasani, the 16-year-old rapper who appeared on the HBO documentary, Foster. As of this writing, there is no update about the adoption.

What Did Sia Look Like When She Was Younger?

Sia’s looked more or less the same ever since, with bright blue eyes and a blonde bob.

What Is Sia’s Relationship With Maddie Ziegler?

Not wanting to show her face in her music videos, Sia chose young dancer Maddie Ziegler to portray the singer in the music videos for ‘Chandelier’, ‘Elastic Heart’, and ‘Big Girls Cry’. Sia would also take Maddie to red carpet events and have her dance for live TV performances. Maddie also went on tour with Sia and performed in her concerts.

What Was Sia’s First Song?

‘Breathe Me’, released in 2004, could be considered her first hit. It was even used in the finale of HBO’s Six Feet Under!

When Did Sia Begin Singing?

Sia began singing when she was a kid. She has cited Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Aretha Franklin as her earliest inspirations, and to this day you can catch traces of their influence in her music. By the age of 17, she joined an acid jazz band called Crisp. 

Sia performs with dancer Maddie Ziegler at the 'Nostalgic For The Present' tour
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What Have Sia’s Top Songs Been?

As a gifted songwriter, Sia has co-written many chart-toppers like Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’, Beyonce’s ‘Pretty Hurts’, and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Beautiful’. She also collaborated with various artists like Flo Rida for ‘Wild Ones’ and Zayn for ‘Dusk Till Dawn’. She also wrote and sang vocals on David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’.

Time Magazine even compiled a list of all 73 songs Sia’s written for other artists.

As for the songs she released on her own, some hits include ‘Chandelier’ and  ‘Elastic Heart’ from her 1000 Forms of Fear album, and ‘Cheap Thrills’, ‘Bird Set Free’, and ‘The Greatest’ from her This Is Acting album.

How Many Albums Has Sia Released?

Sia has released eight studio albums. Her debut album, OnlySee, was released under her full name, Sia Furler, while her subsequent albums only bore her first name. 

Who Is Sia’s Agent?

Sia is represented by Marty Diamond and his partner Alex Hardee of Paradigm Talent Agency.

Sia standing with TV personality Mackenzie Ziegler against a red gated wall
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Has Sia Been In Any Films?

Yes! She made a cameo in the 2014 remake of Annie and did voice work for My Little Pony: The Movie and Peter Rabbit

What Awards Has Sia Won?

Sia’s first award for songwriting was a 2002 APRA Award for “Breakthrough Songwriter”. Since then, she’s racked up numerous awards for her work, including “Best Choreography” at the 2014 Music Video Awards for ‘Chandelier’, 2015’s “Album of the Year” at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards, and the “50 Artists To Watch” award at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. 

She’s also been nominated for several Grammys and Golden Globes.

Has Sia Been On Ellen?

Yes! Sia has performed on Ellen countless times. Since she chooses not to show her face to the public, she usually sings in a corner or with her back facing the audience while Maddie Ziegler performs.

WATCH: Sia Recreates ‘Chandelier On Ellen’

Has Sia Been Involved In Any Scandals?

Nope!

Does Sia Have A Documentary?

There were talks that Sia was co-directing a documentary about her life called The Untitled Sia Documentary Project in 2015, but it doesn’t seem to have been released.

Sia was, however, the narrator of the 2018 documentary Dominion.

What Is Sia’s Workout Routine?

Not much has been said about Sia’s lifestyle. We’ll let you know when Sia drops her workout routine.

What Is Sia’s Diet?

Sia hasn’t gone into detail about her diet, but she has opened up about her years-long struggle with body issues. I have dieted like crazy over the last 10 years trying to fit into the stereotype of, like, ‘hot pop star’, she told Rolling Stone.

Does Sia Have A Skin Condition?

Though some people assume that she wears a wig because she has vitiligo, the truth is that she doesn’t have any skin conditions. She does have an autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease which affects the thyroid.

Does Sia Wear A Wig?

Yes! All that hair on her head is not real!

Has Sia Furler Ever Posed Nude Or Topless?

Nope.

What Have Sia’s Best Fashion Moments Been?

From photoshoots to the red carpet, Sia is known for her outlandish style. She also loves putting a huge bow on top of her already huge wig, which she uses to accent various dresses and costumes. Check out some of our favourite moments:

Sia in an orange suit outfit with a white hat, at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Sia in a white dress performing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
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Sia and Maddie Ziegler at the 57th GRAMMY Awards
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Does Sia Have Any Tattoos?

Yes, Sia has several tattoos. She has the words “don’t think” tattooed on her hand, and cute ones of her pups Pantera, Cereal, and Licky on her arms.

What Does Sia Look Like Without Makeup?

Like this: 

Sia spotted in a tracksuit in LAX
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Has Sia Had Any Plastic Surgery? A Nose job?

Not that we know of!

Is Sia Still Alive?

Yes!

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