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Sia Felt ‘Extreme Desire To Protect’ Maddie Ziegler from Abby Lee Miller

By Emma Chance | TV | July 18, 2023 |

By Emma Chance | TV | July 18, 2023 |


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Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame spoke to Emily Ratajkowski about her relationship with her mother on Ratajkowski’s podcast High Low with Emrata in June.

“Last year, I was having a really bad panic attack and I called my mom and things were coming up from the past, and she apologized to me,” Ziegler explained. “She was like, ‘I’m sorry I put you through that.’ It’s so sad because she would never want to hurt us, but none of us knew how crazy it would get.”

The craziness she refers to is the Lifetime series Dance Moms, which she, her mother, and her younger sister Mackenzie all starred in from 2011-2016.

“When I was doing the show, in the first season I was 7, and there were male producers saying, ‘This is what you have to say.’ My mom wasn’t in the room, so I was like, ‘Okay, I just have to do whatever I’m being told.’ They would say, ‘Say you’re the best, say you’re better than everyone else, say blah blah blah.’”

And then Sia came along.

Sia has a history as a reality tv fan. She has famously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to her favorite Survivor contestants from various seasons. It was that same charitable instinct that led her to reach out to the Zieglers when she saw Maddie on Dance Moms and ask her to dance in the “Chandelier” music video in 2014.

Sia went on to cast Maddie in several more videos, saying that she felt “an extreme desire to protect her.”

“I thought a good way I can keep her safe is just keep making projects for her and therefore most of the time we’re working together,” she explained.

Turns out it was her work with Sia that gave Ziegler an escape from the show. She told Ratajkowski that her mom “Really did everything to try to break our contract and pull us out, and eventually did that with the help of Sia.”

Ziegler previously told Cosmopolitan that she was “at peace” with her time on the show, which elicited this predictably problematic response from Miller:

“If it was so toxic, why did you keep doing it?”