Sia talked about her relationship with dancing sensation Maddie Ziegler on Wednesday. The singer described her connection with the young star as a motherly one, admitting that she was very protective of Maddie. During an interview on the Zack Sang Show — which can be viewed here — the pop star described a situation where she intervened after Harvey Weinstein asked Maddie to go on a plane with him.
Sia explained that as soon as she met the young star, she felt connected.
“As soon as I met Maddie I felt this extreme desire to protect her.”
The “Cheap Thrills” singer believed the best way to keep Maddie safe in the music industry was to keep collaborating with her, so she continued to create parts just for the Dance Moms star. The two have worked together on several projects, including the mega-hit video “Chandelier,” which has been viewed over 2 billion times on YouTube. Maddie has starred in several other music videos for Sia and the two even toured North America together.
When asked, the singer described her relationship to Maddie as “mother and friend.” She was quick to add that she was not discounting the role of Maddie’s mother, Melissa Gisoni. As The Inquisitr previously reported, Sia recently announced that she had adopted two children of her own. The relationship between the pair was “only because Melissa lets me,” she explained. She acknowledged all of the “hard work Melissa did” for the teen dancer.
“I love her as if she were mine.”
The “Chandelier” singer recounted a time when she intervened to prevent the dancer from going on a plane with disgraced movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
“I kept her off a plane that Harvey Weinstein tried to get her on, yeah so, I know that there’s times where my insight has really made a difference, like has kept her safe,” she explained.
“Yeah that was really disgusting,” she added, after a moment’s pause.
The pop star called Melissa and suggested Maddie not go.
That wasn’t the only instance where Sia shared her input in Maddie’s career. Sia joked that the dancer’s manager probably considers her a “pain in the butt” for contributing her thoughts so often. Sia recently suggested that the Dance Moms star turn down a movie role because of an actor that was in the film. The singer believed it would be the wrong direction for the young girl to take in her career. Sia did not provide any specifics on the project or who the actor was.
The duo’s working relationship began via Twitter. The superstar tweeted Maddie asking her to collaborate in 2016.