Sia Defends Decision To Work With 15-Year-Old Maddie Ziegler: ‘My Goal Is To Empower Her’

Sia has defended her decision to work with 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler after an article questioned why she was happy to pass her fame onto a child, but didn’t like dealing with it herself.

Sia, 41, keeps herself almost hidden underneath her fringed wigs while performing, which led journalist Bonnie Malkin to write an article for The Guardian titled, “The Sia conundrum: if fame is so damaging, why pass it on to a child?”

Sia with 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler
Sia with 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler — GETTY

“[Sia] herself might not be willing to marry fame but standing on the stage in front of us, she seemed to be officiating another marriage,” Malkin wrote. “Not to a ‘perfect blank slate’ but to a minor who is yet to learn about, or tame, the monster.”

After the piece emerged online, the musician was quick to reply on Twitter, insisting she checks in with Ziegler every day and if she ever wanted it all to stop, it would do.

Sharing numerous Twitter posts, Sia concluded: “What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.”

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She also insisted the youngster was already famous when she discovered her and that it’s her goal to empower her in whatever choices she makes.

Ziegler was just eight years old when she first appeared in Lifetime‘s reality series “Dance Moms” back in 2011.

She has since gone on to star in six music videos for Sia since 2014, and is currently on tour with the musician.

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