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Sia responds to criticism for exposing Maddie Ziegler to fame

Sia might hide her face — but she isn’t hiding her feelings.

The popular singer defended her role in propelling 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler into the spotlight when Sia herself doesn’t love fame.

In response to a story in The Guardian, titled: “The Sia conundrum: if fame is so damaging, why pass it on to a child?” — Sia tweeted that she considers the concerns mentioned in the piece.

“I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops,” she wrote.

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Sia (left) performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in 2016 with Maddie Ziegler.

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

“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. 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.

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

She later starred in the video for “Cheap Thrills” and has also accompanied Sia on tour and at other events. She starred in one of Sia’s videos alongside Shia LaBeouf, which received backlash due to the age difference of the two stars.

“What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me,” Sia wrote. “I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.”

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Sia, 41, has often covered her face and kept herself from being seen publicly.

“I don’t want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the internet,” she once said on Nightline.

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