Madison “Maddie” Nicole Ziegler is a child dancer and actor who got into the limelight following appearances on Dance Moms and music videos produced by Sia such as “Big Girls Cry,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Chandelier,” which have to date been able to garner close to two billion views on YouTube. Currently aged 13, she is set to become a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, and bound to be the youngest judge to ever be on the show.
This can be said to be a timely event in her life, considering that her family has worked hard to make dancing a major part of their lives, but were recently reported to have fallen on hard times, with her mother, Abby Lee Miller, facing fraud charges. Her parents are said to have initially filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after owing $1,214,284.15 to creditors. This is according to Radar. The following is an excerpt of the report in this.
“Abby Lee Miller isn’t the only Dance Moms star with serious financial problems! According to court papers exclusively obtained by RadarOnline.com, Maddie Ziegler’s parents filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in May of 2009. Kurt and Melissa Ziegler, who were married at the time of the joint filing, owed $1,214,284.15 to creditors. The court papers reveal the Zieglers owed $908,000 in mortgages for three properties, as well as $14,317.12 in taxes to the IRS and the City of Jeannette.”
It is alleged that Maddie Ziegler’s parents only had a combined income of $4,480.06 at the time, but had monthly expenses averaging about $8,026.95. On her mother’s current financial woes, the following is the report according to the site.
“Miller, 49, is facing financial troubles of her own. The dance teacher was indicted on 20 counts of fraud in October. She has been charged with concealment of bankruptcy assets, false bankruptcy declarations and bankruptcy fraud.”
Apparently, she could face up to five years in jail and five million dollars in fines.
Having been an inspiration to dancers across the world, Maddie Ziegler recently stated that as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, she will not be rude and will instead focus on giving honest feedback. The following was her statement, according to Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s weird for me, because I’m not the one competing. I’m the one giving feedback to the kids… I’ll just be honest and give them my feedback — in a nice way though, because I’m not an adult, so I really can’t be rude to them, and I would never be rude to them anyways.”
Maddie Ziegler will be critiquing contestants on SYTYCD alongside Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul, and Nigel Lythgoe. Maddie is said to be especially thrilled to work with Paula Abdul as she had in 2010 auditioned to play a part in her show, titled Live To Dance. This is what Ziegler had to say about the panellist and working with her now, years later.
“I met her when I was little, but this is the first time I actually met her, met her. She’s so sweet, and I think I’m taller than her too, which is great because I love being tall.”
More accurately, Maddie is 3 inches taller than Abdul, with the former being five feet and three inches tall, and the latter five feet tall. Maddie Ziegler’s net worth since 2010 is said to have grown to about $2 million, putting her in the same league as Gigi Hadid and Zendaya.
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