Sia Opens Up About Exposing Maddie Ziegler to Fame

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Today Sia addressed an article by Guardian columnist Bonnie Malkin, in which she discussed the ethics of Sia's collaboration with child dancer Maddie Ziegler.

The Guardian newspaper published a story which questioned whether it was a good idea for Sia to thrust a teenager into the spotlight when she has shunned it herself.

Malkin attended Sia's Nostalgic for the Present tour stop in Sydney, Australia, and from what she saw it raised some questions.

In the article Malkin argues that although Sia deliberately eschews fame because she views it as damaging, she puts a minor in the spotlight in her place. I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. And, since teenagers "cannot, or should not be charged with making sound choices", she attempts to "choose the best for her always". "I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes", she said, adding "I do try to choose the best for her always".

Ziegler, 15, is now on tour with the singer.

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'I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes. "But I think this is an important conversation", the Australian singer continued.

Maddie was eight when she started appearing in Lifetime's reality series Dance Moms in 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Ziegler appeared in the U.S. reality show Dance Moms. Sia also told fans that she has learned Ziegler doesn't appear to be affected by fame in the same way she is, and that she can only take Ziegler's insistence that she's feeling comfortable at face value.

The nimble dancer has since starred in six of Sia's music videos and has been a part of her global tour and represented her numerous times on television. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. They have been working together for years now and the former Dance Moms star even credits the "Chandelier" singer for helping her come out of her shell a little bit. "If that changes, we stop", she concluded. So if she is so adverse to the limelight, should she expose a child to it?

The article went on: 'Furler herself might not be willing to marry fame but standing on the stage in front of us, she seemed to be officiating another marriage.