WTH: Sia Responds to Criticism For Thrusting Maddie Ziegler into the Spotlight

A masked Sia and Maddie Ziegler on stage together during Sia's recent Australian tour
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A masked Sia and Maddie Ziegler on stage together during Sia's recent Australian tour Credit Don Arnold WireImage

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.

She has appeared in live performances for the singer, including on TV and on tour, and featured in six of her music videos to date, including Chandelier and the controversial Elastic Heart, where she danced alongside actor Shia LaBeouf in beige underwear.

Maddie Ziegler, left, and singer/songwriter Sia attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. The whole thing talks about how Sia tries to hide herself using big wigs and costumes from all of the fame and celebrity because it can be damaging.

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

Today Sia addressed an article by Guardian columnist Bonnie Malkin, in which she discussed the ethics of Sia's collaboration with child dancer Maddie Ziegler.

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"I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes", Sia wrote.

Sia responded to the piece. "Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents with their children, clients, charges". "But I think this is an important conversation", the Australian singer continued. 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. "Where Furler's face and body was carefully hidden from the eyes of a stadium full of strangers, Maddie's face and body was offered up instead", she wrote.

See her tweets below. She concluded the article critically, writing "Furler herself might not be willing to marry fame but standing on the stage in front of us, she seemed to be officiating another marriage".

"Sia then ended the lengthy explanation with an emphatic declaration of Ziegler's control over her own exposure, stating that" If that changes, we stop".

Do you agree with Sia's response?

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