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Sia was 'unhappy' as a pop star

October 28th, 2013 2:20pm EDT

Sia Sia has admitted she was "unhappy" being a pop star.

The singer/songwriter - who landed a UK top 10 with her 2000 breakthrough hit 'Taken For Granted' - was never happy with the pressures of being a recording artist and it led to a spiralling drug and alcohol addiction.

In a candid interview with Billboard magazine, Sia recalled: "All I wanted to do was write for pop stars. For one reason or another it never happened for me. Then I got seriously addicted to Vicodin and Oxycodone, and I was always a drinker but I didn't know I was an alcoholic. I was really unhappy being an artist and I was getting sicker and sicker."

The 37-year-old star - who collaborated on David Guetta's 2011 hit 'Titanium' and with Flo Rida on 'Wild Ones' - says she now prefers to rake in the cash by recording from home rather than jet around the world for concerts, as she has signed a new record contract with RCA which stipulates she doesn't have to tour or carry out promotional responsibilities.

Sia explained: "It shows the power of saying 'no'. I get to sit at home with the dogs on the sofa, record in a closet in the office, send them off and, if I'm lucky, make a million dollars."

Sia - who was treated for hyperthyroid disease - has written for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna, and is more focused on her songwriting than ever before.

She said: "I don't care about commercial success. I get to do what I love and communicate whatever I want."

Related: Katy Perry, Rihanna, Sia, Celebrity

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