Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sia

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sia

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Musician // 33 // New York City

SIA FURLER IS LOUNGING in her downtown Manhattan loft, rattling off a few of her favorite things. "Bongs shaped like fairies, tie-dye jumpers, unicorns, dream catchers--all things you can buy in a truck stop," says the Australian singer-songwriter, unleashing an infectious cackle that belies her honeyed, often pained vocals.

Surely, Furler's most cherished curio is her androgynous lover, fellow musician and former Le Tigre member JD Samson. Her romance with Samson surfaced at the beginning of 2008, around the time Furler released her fourth and best-selling album, Some People Have Real Problems, when she told British gay magazine Attitude she was seeing an American woman. "I don't really call myself gay or bisexual--I call myself 'friendly,'" she says, laughing again before she explains that Samson is her "boyfriend," but Furler still refers to her as she. "It's just what we do. If I'm the princess, JD is the prince. …

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