Sia Addresses Claim Fame Could Be 'Damaging' For Her Muse Maddie Ziegler

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

The singer said she wants "empower" Maddie Ziegler, who regularly joins her on stage.

Performing artist Sia Furler has responded to concerns about her use of 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler as a creative partner, saying the use of children in entertainment is "a conversation we should all be having".

Ziegler, 15, has appeared in six of the singer's videos, beginning with 2014's "Chandelier".

Maddie was eight when she started appearing in Lifetime's reality series Dance Moms in 2011.

That turn led Maddie to play Sia again, alongside Shia La Beouf in the clip for Elastic Heart while she also had a lead dancer role in videos for the Big Girl's Cry, Cheap Thrills and The Greatest.

The piece published in Britain's The Guardian on Wednesday was titled: 'The Sia conundrum: if fame is so damaging, why pass it on to a child?'

Malkin called into question the staging of Sia's latest tour after watching her perform in Sydney.

Sia is rarely seen "as herself" in public appearances, preferring to hide behind wigs and costumes.

'Up on the stage in Sydney on Saturday, with Furler concealed and Maddie in the spotlight, it seemed that the superstar was deploying a child in a way that she herself refuses to be.

It was noted on Twitter how Guardian author Bonnie Malkin does raise some valid points, such as how "the grown-up who has seen what fame can do and fears it has, perhaps unwittingly, handed it over to the child instead".

Sia has now responded to the column on Twitter.

The exchange is indeed respectful, but Sia doesn't fully explain what she means, for example when she says "fame affected her differently than how it affected me" she doesn't elaborate how the experience has been different for Ziegler.

The secretive singer's mini me, Maddie Ziegler was less private, revealing how much she loved Auckland on her Instagram account, which has over 10 million followers. "Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents [w] ith their children, clients, charges".

'Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that, ' she went on.

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