Sia Furler: Behind The Wig

Sia Furler is behind the wig for many reasons. Would you like to know more? There was a time when Sia’s whole world fell apart, and it took years to piece herself back together. During that time, Sia discovered that she didn’t like what being a celebrity was doing to her. Or, the impact on her life and persona. The experience left her somewhat fragile, but far wiser, so she chose to distance herself, going behind the wig, and thus shrouding at least some part of herself as a mystery.

Sia Furler is behind the wig, because it feels safer. There was a time when Sia was a very open and straight forward person, but today she wonders if she gave away too much. Perhaps, some things should remain hidden.

Sia Furler, before the wig, came from a home full of both music and art. Her mother was an art lecturer, while her father and his brothers were musicians. She grew up in Adelaide, Australia, where she played in a few local bands, before deciding to move to London when she was just 21-years-old.

Sia Furler wanted to move to London in order to rekindle her long time relationship with a young man named Dan Pontiflex. Sadly, Dan died in a car crash, days before her arrival, so that she never actually re-united with him. Sia was completely devastated and in many ways she never fully recovered from the shock of it. It was decided however that she should move into his home with his housemates, who invited her to stay with them, and pursue her career in London.

Sia was stricken with a powerful grief that did not seem to heal with time, as told by the Fashion Times. She developed alcohol and drug problems, even as her musical career grew. The pain of loss deepened her lyrics, as great art usually comes out of the worst suffering. Sia was certainly in the midst of crushing grief and an out of control substance abuse problem that continued for over six years. After that, there were four years of rehab and the self exploration that can bring about.

The ordeal left Sia Furler behind the wig, and also physically weakened according to After Dark. She now allegedly suffers from panic attacks, extreme lethargy and Graves disease. These conditions make it impossible for her to tour as other musicians do. The pace is just too exhausting for her.

Sia Furler Covered with Wig, Hat and Coa Singer Sia behind the wig [Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]Sia Furler finds her wigs comforting and she appreciates the anonymity they afford her when she goes about her days, pretending not to be a celebrity, plus they add a sense of mystery otherwise absent from pop music, according to Bustle.

The Sia Furler “behind the wig” story does have a happy ending, though. In 2014 Sia married Erik Anders, a documentary filmmaker. Since then, she seems happier and a bit more relaxed in social situations. She has even granted interviews and spoken in public without her wigs at times. She is finding ways to break free from her sorrow without denying all her emotions. Perhaps the chorus and third verse of her song “Burn the Pages,” from her 1000 Forms of Fear album expresses her recovery efforts best.

Cia Furler with husband Erik Anders
Filmmaker Erik Anders Lang (L) and his wife singer/songwriter Sia (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EJAF)

“Yesterday’s gone and you will be ok
Place your past into a book
Burn the pages, let ’em cook (oh)
Yesterday is dead and gone and so today
Place your past into a book
Burn the pages, let ’em cook (oh)”
“Eyes stingin’ from the black smoke
New hope, loose rope
Risen from the undertow
All is well, we walk in the cry of the dark night skies
Swallow me peacefully, follow my heart back inside”

It is kind of Sia Furler, still behind the wig quite a bit, to offer this and other bits of wisdom born of her own alleged suffering.

[Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]