In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sia recently revealed that one time she had refused to have her photo taken with Donald Trump because of her queer and Mexican fans.
Back in 2015, Sia performed on Saturday Night Livethe same day that Donald Trump was hosting the episode. Sia also remembers that Ivanka had been in the audience.
She said that after the show, Donald and Ivanka were excited to meet her so they ran backstage.
She says Ivanka had a camera and Trump said:
“We’ve got to get a photo!”
However, Sia says that although she is usually afraid of hurting people’s feelings, she know what the photo would mean to her fans so she said:
“Actually, do you mind if we don’t? I have a lot of queer and Mexican fans, and I don’t want them to think I support your views.”
Rather than associate herself with Trump for the popularity or simply to have a photograph, Sia understood what this might mean and decided to not take part.
She also recalls that he didn’t seem “angry or hurt” but rather said, “Oh, no problem. Then don’t.” She thinks he viewed it as her protecting her brand and respected that from a business standpoint.
Sia is openly bisexual and has always been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
h/t: Rolling Stone