Sia Reveals That She Felt An "Extreme Desire" To Protect Maddie Ziegler
In a new interview, singer Sia opened up about feeling innately protective of former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler! Find out why she feels a responsibility towards her!
Sia just wants to look out for the well-being of her young protégée, Maddie Ziegler! The two have had a close relationship for years, which began after Ziegler starred in Sia's music video for her hit "Chandelier" in 2014.
And as Entertainment Tonight shares, during an interview on The Zach Sang Show, Sia opened up about feeling the need to protect Ziegler throughout her career!
Sia says she "felt just extreme compulsion" to watch out for Ziegler
Sia said that right away, she was compelled to look out for the young star. "As soon as I met Maddie, I felt extreme desire to protect her and I think that it was part of my own healing," Sia explained during the interview, which was shared this week.
"I felt just extreme compulsion to protect her, and yet the irony is that I didn't want to be famous and I threw this child into the spotlight," the singer continued. "And she would say to me, 'Don't be silly. I was already famous and I wanted to be famous.'"
Sia sees collaborative relationship with Ziegler as keeping her safe
Sia made sure to let Ziegler know she didn't have to stay in the spotlight. "And I say, 'And you know it can stop at any time, right? If you want it to stop, I can make it stop. You can just go back to being a normal person again,'" she recalled having told the young dancer.
"She said, 'No, I just love performing. I love dancing and I love acting so much.' And so I thought, how's a good way I can keep her safe is just keep making projects for her and therefore most of the time we're working together."
As Entertainment Tonight mentions, Sia and Ziegler have another collaborative project that's set to be released soon— Sia's upcoming film, Music.
Sia stopped Ziegler from getting on a plane with Harvey Weinstein
Sia even kept Ziegler "off a plane that Harvey Weinstein tried to get her on," as Entertainment Tonight shares. "When he invited her, I told [Ziegler's mom] Melissa, I just said, 'Please don't, do not do that, do not do that, do not do that,'" Sia said. "I just try and help guide."
The singer also admitted that she feels "terrible shame" for having thrust Ziegler into the spotlight at such a young age. "I wasn't conscious at the time. I had no idea 'Chandelier' was going to be so massive," Sia explained on The Zach Sang Show. "I just had no idea then she would blow up and be this famous little teenager."
"But I've taken responsibility for it in as much as that I provide her security," she went on to say. "That's the most I can do really and that I'm always here for her if she wants to cry or has a bad day or has questions about life -- that's what I'm here for."