Sia Responds Honestly to Criticism Over Catapulting Maddie Ziegler to Fame

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

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

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.

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?'

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.

It's no secret that Sia and Maddie Ziegler have collaborated for years.

Responding to the backlash, the 41-year-old stepped up to say that she is very "protective" of the youngartist, whom she began working with when she was 11 and already receiving notoriety for her talent. Some would argue a teenager can't or shouldn't be charged with making sound choices for themselves and so I do try to choose the best for her always. "But I think this is an important conversation", the Australian singer continued. Where Furler was still, Maddie was moving.

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Furler began working with Ziegler after spotting her on the USA 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. Sia also told fans that she has learned Ziegler doesn't appear to be affected by fame in the same way she is, and that she can only take Ziegler's insistence that she's feeling comfortable at face value.

Posing on a beach in front of Rangitoto before the concert on Tuesday, Ziegler told her followers she was "a little bit obsessed" with New Zealand.

Dance genuinely seems to be Maddie's passion - and we're sure if things were to change, the songstress would place her well-being as a priority.

It's reinforcing to hear Sia's own thoughts on the situation and that she trusts Maddie to make a call on how much she works.

Maddie's performance in Chandelier has been viewed nearly 1.7 billion times since it was released in 2014.

Ziegler first got her Sia connection in the popular video for "Chandelier", which had everyone asking "who's that girl?"

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