Singer Sia has been a guest on the Rob Has a Podcast. In a conversation with the hosts, the popular singer confessed that she has struggled to connect with others throughout her life. The artiste was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The pop diva found out about the disease two years ago.

“Now I’m fine, I’m recovering and everything – there are a lot of different nuances. I’ve been like that for 45 years. Felt like I needed to go put on my human suit. It wasn’t until the last two years that I became fully myself,” Page Six quoted the artiste as saying.

According to the singer, she was officially diagnosed when her work came under public criticism. The artist’s musical film Music was mocked for being a distorted portrayal of people with mental disabilities. Sia added that she used to try to hide her problems and peculiarities from those around her. Now she has changed her mind, which only makes her feel better.

“No one can ever get to know and love you when you are full of secrets and living in shame. When we finally tell strangers our deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets and everyone laughs with us, for the first time in our lives we will not feel like the dregs of society. For the first time in our lives, we will feel seen for who we really are. And then we can start going out into the world and just act as open-hearted people and stop pretending,” the artiste stated.

Sia is currently undergoing treatment, which is having a positive effect. The artiste also stated that speaking publicly about the diagnosis has allowed her to get rid of her inner stress. The star added that she has been living a sober lifestyle for almost 13 years.