Sia Opens Up About Exposing Maddie Ziegler to Fame

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Sia has defended her collaborative relationship with the 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, following accusations that she may be exploiting a young girl while shielding herself from the glare of the spotlight.

After acknowledging that Zieger "is not afraid of fame" and cultivates a large social media following, the writer added: "In this case, the grown-up who has seen what fame can do and fears it has, perhaps unwittingly, handed it over to the child instead".

The Australian artist acknowledged it's a question she has "often" asked herself since Ziegler, now 15, achieved global stardom thanks to her roles in Sia's music videos.

Furler began working with Ziegler after spotting her on the United States show Dance Moms and the teenager has now appeared in six music videos, live TV performances and a global tour as what Malkin called the "the fury and the face" of Furler's music.

Sharing a link to the piece on her Twitter page, Sia explained across a number of posts: "This article poses a question I have asked myself often".

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.

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Sia said that the teenage dancer was "already famous" before she discovered her but admits she has expanded her exposure. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes.

"In 2013, Sia declared she didn't want to be famous", it says. But I think this is an important conversation'.

Sia - full name Sia Furler - suggested in her series of tweets that the question of exposing a child or teen to fame is something that should be considered and weighed by all stage parents, directors and agents.

Cool with it: 'I thought I would do this one video and never see her again.

The singer says she does feel "responsible for that" however she has learned that fame affects Maddie differently to her. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop'.

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