“Titanium” by David Guetta (ft. Sia)
“Titanium” does sorta reflect what Sia was going through at the time in her personal life, even though she didn’t write it for herself. Titanium, as you likely already know, is a very strong metal. And what the vocalist goes about doing on this track is likening her own personal fortitude to that substance. And she is doing so against an addressee who, by the looks of things, is out to destroy her self-esteem.
It is sorta implied in the second verse that said addressee may be a romantic interest. But the lyrics don’t really take it there, nor apparently is that the point. More notable is this person or persons being such that they are saying things to or about the vocalist which, if she were a weaker person, would cause her to lose hope.
Indeed, even with her internal strength and all, it is clear that Sia is, in the very least, distracted by what they say. But again, the thesis sentiment isn’t so much about her being perturbed by haters as it is her ability to withstand such frustrations.
And as far as Sia’s personal life at the time, she was on the verge of quitting singing in part due to such issues, i.e. having to deal with the criticisms which are part and parcel of being a music star. And quite ironically, considering once again that she never intended to sing “Titanium”, this rather ended up being the song that firmly established her as a vocalist.