Imagine yourself at Walmart, and a woman tells you she will pay for your groceries. She says she has just won the lottery. Then you realize this isn’t a stranger. Instead, it is a famous celebrity: Sia. It didn’t take long for the singer’s recent act of kindness to go viral.
Is That Sia?
Sia might be famous for her award-winning songs, including “Chandelier,” “Cheap Thrills,” and “Elastic Heart,” but she’s also renowned for choosing to have a private life. Not many people know the Australian singer’s actual appearance because she always wears eccentric wigs that cover her face. If she walks around in public, not many people would be able to recognize her, which is precisely what she wants.
Sia hides her face to defend herself against the dark side of fame. “If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous,” she said. “I only wear this (wig) to maintain a modicum of privacy.”
She’s entitled to some privacy, just like everyone else. So, when she walked into a Palm Springs, California Walmart, and T.J. Maxx on November 27, 2019, no one recognized her at first. She seemed like everyone else who walks into a store. But then she had a big surprise.
Paying For Groceries
Sia first visited Walmart, and she said her name was CiCi. She announced that she had just won the lottery and that she would be paying for various strangers’ items. She then performed a similar act of kindness at T.J. Maxx.
Perhaps Sia thought her identity would be a secret, but a diehard fan eventually recognized her. Sia’s cover was blown, but she kept on having fun. She was all smiles as she walked around the grocery store, hugging customers, and paying for the items in their shopping carts. She didn’t tell people why she was performing the act of kindness, which people took as a reflection of her character.
One customer said, “I love that she did this not for recognition of showing kindness, but just actually being a kind person.” Another customer said she was “a total angel.”
Inspiring Others All The Time
This isn’t the first time Sia has inspired others with her motivational acts. In October 2019, she surprised fans by revealing she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a neurological disorder affecting a group of connective tissues. She tweeted, “I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going.”
She added, “Pain is demoralizing, and you’re not alone.” Fans loved how honest she was with her audience. While she prefers privacy, she was spreading awareness of a fairly unknown syndrome.
Social Media Reaction
Sia didn’t intend for her simple act of kindness to go viral on social media. Instead, she was trying to lend a helping hand. But people shared their thoughts on Twitter, and it didn’t take long for other Twitter users to add their comments. Everyone seemed to agree that Sia is a kind person.
Twitter user (@imtheeBryant) commented, “Thank you for being a true blessing in this world. I honestly don’t know the words to express my gratitude.” Another user (@arctic_fox03) said, “For all who still don’t know: This, ladies and gentlemen, is ‘pop star’ Sia paying for customer’s groceries at Walmart. She’s the nicest, most down-to-earth, and most extraordinary person at all.” Even Walmart chimed in about Sia’s generosity. The retail chain tweeted, “What an awesome Thanksgiving surprise!”
Sia has yet to comment about her viral act of kindness, and we don’t expect she will. But everyone is grateful for her generosity. How will she surprise us next?
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