Notoriously private Aussie singer Sia has done the unthinkable. She uploaded a nude photo to Twitter in retaliation to somebody selling naked photos of her.
The 41-year-old Australian taciturn star, whose full name is Sia Furler, is often seen with huge wigs covering part of her face and has previously opened up about the struggles of life in the public eye.
But according to Unilad, a recent incident changed that. Uploading a copy of the nude photo which was supposedly up for sale, she told fans to ‘save their money’.
“Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Every day is Christmas!”
The post suggested an agency was selling 15 images of Sia, which included the nude. Her tweet then went viral – gathering more than 117 thousand retweets and was liked over 375 thousand times.
While the woman in the photo has her back turned, with only her naked bum, Sia’s 3.37 million followers took her side. They praised her for the move, with such tweets as: ‘LEGEND and ICONIC no one compares to you!’
And: ‘QUEEN! This is how you handle someone trying to leak or blackmail. Sia, you are iconic.’
— Chiara🌻 (@chiaranpg) November 7, 2017
— festive gay tweets (@trashygaytweets) November 7, 2017
SIA I’M SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/ZUY03DFnsE
— Adele Union (@AdeleUnion) November 7, 2017
— Mayk (@Nokyam1) November 7, 2017
— Rebecca Nicholson (@Bec_Loves_BVB) November 7, 2017
Juicy pics aside, Sia is one of the world’s most successful songwriters worldwide. She penned tracks for Rihanna, Adele, Beyoncé and Katy Perry as well as selling millions of her own records.
Despite her huge success, however, she’s a fiercely private person who rarely gives interviews, and in her music videos she enlists others to take her place.
Child dancer Maddie Ziegler appeared as Sia in music videos and live performances
And Sia is serious about it. In 2013, she wrote an article for Billboard titled ‘My Anti-Fame Manifesto’. In it, she wrote:
“If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous. 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.
That’s what it’s like, even the smallest bit of it. Of course, that’s if you even allow yourself to stay in touch with the world in public media. If I were famous, I wouldn’t.”
Sia and Maddie Ziegler, trying to not be famous
Last year in an interview with the Guardian, Sia also spoke about her insecurities:
“It was about not having to deal with the unfairness of being a pop star. Not having to worry about camera angles catching your double chin.
Everybody in the entertainment industry is insecure.
We have been tap-dancing our entire lives for your approval and you won’t meet anybody who is in the entertainment industry who isn’t a bit f****d in the head. That’s how we got here, so if you can imagine a room full of us, it’s pretty hilarious. It’s exhausting.”
Whatever things you could say about Sia, ‘unoriginal’ isn’t among them
Insecurities, you say? That’s where the nude pics craze comes in – and it doesn’t happen only to talented celebrities like Sia. Back in September, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were awarded €103,000 (£94,000) in damages over topless photographs of Kate.
The nudes, acquired and published by six people, were published in a French magazine in September 2012. The photographs of the Kate were taken with telephoto lenses while she was sunbathing with Prince William on a patio at a private estate in south France.
Fines ranging from €5,000 to €50,000 were handed out to two newspaper executives and three photographers for the invasion of privacy.
Whatever you can say, one thing is for sure – well played Sia! Those pesky paparazzi tried to play you, but you played them behind.