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Sia defends using 15-year-old dancer: I'm protective of her

Sia defends using 15-year-old dancer: I'm protective of her
From BBC - December 7, 2017

Sia has defended working with a 15-year-old dancer on tour and in her music videos.

The singer said she wants "empower" Maddie Ziegler, who regularly joins her on stage.

It's after a Guardian article pointed out that Sia's identity is hidden by a wig while performing - leaving Maddie to be the face of the show.

The reporter who wrote the piece asked: "If fame is so damaging, why pass it on to a child?"

The piece suggests the singer has tried to avoid fame in the past but seems willing to expose a 15-year-old to the limelight.

"In 2013, Sia declared she did not want to be famous," it says.

"She described fame as a monster that 'questions everything there is to question. Even things I had never thought to question. Things I had never dreamed of feeling insecure about.

"'Me and fame will never be married.'

"[Sia] herself might not be willing to marry fame but standing on the stage in front of us, she seemed to be officiating another marriage... to a minor who is yet to learn about, or tame, the monster."

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