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Artículo Sia responds to criticism that she handed hardships of fame down to Maddie Ziegler Culture


Sia responds to criticism that she handed hardships of fame down to Maddie Ziegler



A Guardian article questioned the ethical standpoint of 'foisting' a younger person into the fame that Sia despises

Anna Freeman

07 Diciembre 2017 14:29

Sia has defended her professional 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 experiencing difficulties with being publicly recognised, along with depression and addiction problems, Sia covers her face when attending concerts and events, instead using Ziegler as a conduit where the young dancer appearing on the covers of her albums, starring in her music videos and dancing on stage during her live performances.

But following concerns about the relationship raised by Guardian writer Bonnie Malkin, who questioned whether Sia should be foisting onto a young girl the fame she so publicly despises, Sia has explained her decision-making process.

Taking to Twitter, Sia wrote: ‘I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops.

‘Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes,’ Sia continued.

She added: ‘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.’

Ziegler was previously one of the stars of the reality series Dance Moms, before being picked by Sia to appear in the video for her 2014 hit Chandelier.