Sia no fan of fame — so why transfer it to a teen?
Singer Sia makes it a point to cover her face during performances, and made no secret of her aversion to fame and the negative things it can bring to a person's life.
A writer for The Guardian is curious : if Sia views fame so negatively, why pass it on to a 15-year-old child, Murrysville native Maddie Ziegler?
Ziegler has essentially functioned as Sia's "face" in several music videos and performances including the Grammy Awards.
Sia responded to the column .
This article poses a question I have asked myself often. I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. It's a conversation we should all be having. Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents.— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017
With their children, clients, charges. 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— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017
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 https://t.co/0k6bQ8EsvT— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017
Responses from the Twitterverse have been varied.
Yes, maybe the article rises a good point, but the best prove that you didn't do anything wrong is the fact Maddie grew up into a fine, smart, open, sweet young lady. She seem to big like fish in the water on stage with you. Fame suits her. Fame doesn't work the same for all> >— AlinaG (@WriterInZadar_k) December 6, 2017
From an outsider you have always done the right thing. You can see that Maddie honestly appreciates what you have done for her. If it was not for you I would have never discovered Maddie and what a brilliant dancer (and character ) she is.— Robin Cooper (@V8Landrover101) December 6, 2017
Stupid, thoughtless, shallow article. She has no idea about the inner thoughts and aspirations of individual artists. Crappy article by simebody pretending to be smart.— felipenopollous (@felipenopollous) December 7, 2017
I don't think the person who wrote this has ever watched Dance Moms. Ever. Also, Sia isn't Maddie's mother, the person whose job it *actually* is to protect Maddie from the pitfalls of fame. https://t.co/bZ0Vumy6OT— Congolesa Fire @Jack (@judeinlondon2) December 6, 2017
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.