Sia‘s made no secret of her past struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, and some of her most massive, widespread smash hits — like “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry” — draw inspiration from those dark moments.

Fashion darling-slash-singing-rapping-It girl Brooke Candy has certainly been upfront about grappling with substance abuse as well. And in fact, it was Sia who helped her to kick the habit.


Twenty-five ounces in a bottle of wine
Twenty-four hours it’s a day at a time
Twenty-three lived a hell of a life
Twenty-two such a blur, it’s passing me by
Twenty-one I caught a glimpse of the light
Twenty drinks later in the back of a ride
Nineteen mama kicked me out of the house
Eighteen minutes ‘till you’re bailing me out
Seventeen magazine was telling the truth
When they said we all have issues

“I was on a lot of drugs, and [Sia] helped me kick drugs,” Candy told Fashion Unfiltered back in August. “She found me and e-mailed me when I was squatting in this punk house. I was basically homeless and I was hustling like ten different jobs, and she said, ‘You are so weird. I want to write a song for you.’ Then I met her and she was like, ‘F–k a song. I’m going to do your whole album, and I’m going to help you navigate this disgusting fame industry.’”

Accordingly, “Living Out Loud,” a collaboration between the two which doubles as the lead single off of Brooke’s forthcoming major label debut Daddy Issues out this spring, hones in on those vices and celebrates their perseverance.


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