Sia responds to article questioning her collaborations with dancer Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler and Sia's relationship

Sia has always been anxious about the price of fame, and the spotlight-averse singer extends her anxieties to Maddie Ziegler, the 15-year-old dancer who has appeared in many of her music videos and on tour.

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. Ziegler is (obviously) now accompanying Sia on tour.

Ziegler was discovered by Sia while on reality television show Dance Moms, which Ziegler appeared on from 2011 to 2016.

"In 2013, Sia declared she didn't want to be famous", it says.

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On Thursday the enigmatic singer responded to a Guardian column which questioned Sia's use of Ziegler as an avatar of herself in her live performances and music videos. Bonnie points out that while over the past couple of years as Sia has hidden with large, oversized wigs, she has seemingly let Maddie be exposed. "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", Malkin wrote in part.

She writes, "But that doesn't rub out the fact that, 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".

Audiences at Sia's Mt Smart Stadium concert thought they caught a glimpse of the face of the Aussie International pop star sensation in the reflection of a stage mirror on Tuesday night.

"This article poses a question I have asked myself often", she wrote on Twitter. "And as she said, it's a conversation we should all be having". I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. "I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes", Sia continued. Moreover it's good that she "feels very protective" of the dancer, but she doesn't explain how that protectiveness takes form other than checking in with Ziegler.

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