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Maddie Ziegler Apologizes For Her Past 'Ignorant' Videos

Maddie Ziegler admits she’s ashamed of her past videos after they resurfaced on the internet.

The 17-year-old dancer and actress posted her statement on social media, and revealed she is ashamed of the videos she recorded when she was only nine years old.

“There are a few videos some of you have seen from when I was about 9 years old where I thought it was funny to mock people and accents,” Maddie wrote. “I’m honestly ashamed and I’m truly sorry for my actions. The decisions I made then are absolutely not decisions I would make today. What I thought was silly humor when I was younger I know was actually ignorant and racially insensitive. We have all made mistakes in our lives and as we grow up we educate ourselves and learn to be better people.”

“Growing up in the public eye has its challenges and also comes with the responsibility to set a good example which I failed to do in these videos,” she added. “I hope you will forgive me and also hope you realize I have in fact grown up and would never act this way now.”

“I know some of you are hurt and may not accept my apology but I want to ask all of you to please be kind to each other on socials,” she continued. “There is no need to attack each other or try to defend me. I don’t want anyone to feel bullied and think we can all learn from my mistakes and spread love during these times when we need it most.”

In a recent interview, Maddie‘s close friend and collaborator Sia opened up about keeping the star from boarding this man’s private airplane.

Sia Reveals She Had to Step In After Harvey Weinstein Invited Maddie Ziegler to Fly on a Plane with Him

Sia is very protective of Maddie Ziegler and she will do anything to keep her safe.

During a new interview with Zach Sang Show, the 44-year-old entertainer revealed how she would continue working on projects with the 17-year-old dancer so that she could keep her safe.

“I mean, as soon as I met Maddie I felt this extreme desire to protect her, and I think that it was part of my own healing, and I felt this extreme compulsion to protect her,” Sia said. “The irony is that I didn’t want to be famous and I threw this child into the spotlight. She would say to me, ‘Don’t be silly, I was already famous and I wanted to be famous.’ And I would say, ‘And you know, it can stop at any time, right? If you want it to stop, I can make it stop. You can just go back to being a normal person again.’ But she just said, ‘No, I love performing. I love dancing, and I love acting so much.’”

Sia started working with Maddie when she was just 11-years-old. Sia then revealed that disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein once tried to get Maddie to fly on a plane with him.

“So I thought, how’s a good way I can keep her safe is just keep making projects for her, and therefore most of the time we’re working together – and you know I kept her off a plane that Harvey Weinstein tried to get her on,” Sia revealed. “I know there’s times where my insight has really made a difference, like kept her safe… Yeah, that was really disgusting… When he invited her, that’s when I called, I told [her mom] Melissa, I had to. I just said, ‘Please don’t, do not do that, do not do that, do not do that.’”

“Even recently, she was offered a part in a film and I felt that the film wasn’t good enough for her, and so I called Melissa, and was like, ‘Please don’t do this, like this isn’t good for her career. It’s not good for her long term credibility. This is not a good co-star to be in a movie with. So I just try and help guide,” Sia added. “I can be a pain in the butt. I think her manager thinks I’m a real pain in the butt, I’m sure.”

Harvey is currently serving a 23 year sentence in a New York prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and rape in the third degree.

It was recently revealed this star threatened to beat up Harvey.

Sia Performs 'Together' at Home With Maddie Ziegler for 'Tonight Show' - Watch!

Sia is continuing to show off her creativity at home!

The “Chandelier” pop superstar performed her latest single “Together” alongside her constant collaborator, 17-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, at home for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (June 9).

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The colorful performance featured Sia singing in her signature oversized wig, with Maddie delivering another fantastic choreographed routine.

“Together” is the first single from Sia‘s upcoming album, and well as one of the ten new songs she wrote for her directorial debut. “Together” was written by Sia and Jack Antonoff, and the movie is based on a short story that Sia wrote in 2007. Click here to find out what it’s all about!

Watch Sia‘s performance of “Together”…

Sia Debuts New Single 'Together' & Colorful Music Video From Upcoming Movie 'Music' Starring Maddie Ziegler - Watch!

Sia is bringing us “Together”!

The “Chandelier” superstar released her new single and accompanying music video from her upcoming movie Music on Wednesday (May 20).

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“Together” is the first single from Sia‘s upcoming album, and well as one of the ten new songs she wrote for her directorial debut.

Music stars Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Maddie Ziegler.

Here’s the film’s plot summary: Zu (Hudson) is newly sober and finding her way in the world when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music (Ziegler), a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia’s favorite themes — finding your voice and what it means to create family.

“Together” was written by Sia and Jack Antonoff, and the movie is based on a short story that Sia wrote in 2007.

Watch the music video for “Together” and read the lyrics inside…More Here! »

Benny Blanco & Juice Wrld's Star-Studded 'Graduation' Video Includes Hailee Steinfeld, Lil Dicky, Noah Cyrus, & More - Watch!

Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld‘s new music video for “Graduation” features so many celebs!

The 31-year-old musician and the 20-year-old rapper collaborated on the song and visual, which they released on Friday (August 30).

Hailee Steinfeld, Lil Dicky, Noah Cyrus, Justice Smith, Olivia Munn, Dove Cameron, Ross Butler, Tommy Dorfman, Tony Revolori, Maddie Ziegler, and more all make cameos.

The video was directed by longtime collaborator Jake Schreier, and the track samples the Vitamin C classic of the same name.

“Graduation” follows Benny Blanco and Juice Wrld‘s previous collaboration, “Roses” with Brendon Urie.

Watch the video to see what happens to all of the stars’ characters after graduation! You can also download “Graduation” on Apple Music.

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Click inside to read the lyrics…More Here! »

Maddie Ziegler & Madison Beer Rock Chic Outfits at Teen Choice Awards 2019!

Maddie Ziegler and Madison Beer make their entrances on the red carpet at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (August 11) in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

The two stars are both nominated in the Choice Female Web Star category alongside Emma Chamberlain, Eva Gutowski, Liza Koshy, and Lilly Singh.

Maddie has won the Choice Dancer award for the past three years, but that category isn’t around this year.

FYI: Maddie is wearing Chanel from What Goes Around Comes Around. Madison is wearing a Philosophy outfit, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of Maddie Ziegler and Madison Beer at the awards show… More Here! »

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Maddie Ziegler Joins Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' - See the Full Cast!

Maggie Ziegler is joining the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s highly anticipated West Side Story reboot!

The 16-year-old star was revealed as a cast member on Tuesday (April 16), along with more than 50 actors, singers and dancers joining the ensemble cast of Sharks and Jets, the rival street gangs at the center of the musical’s love story.

Dear Evan Hansen star Mike Faist will play Riff, the leader of the Jets, while Puerto Rican singer-dancer Ana Isabelle will play Rosalia.

As previously announced, Rita Moreno will play Valentina, Ansel Elgort plays Tony, Rachel Zegler is Maria, Ariana DeBose will play Anita, David Alvarez is Bernardo, Josh Andrés Rivera stars as Chino, Corey Stoll plays Lieutenant Schrank and Brian d’Arcy James is Sergeant Krupke.

“One of our largest priorities was to find a caliber of triple-threats who could bring this film to life with great proficiency. West Side Story has influenced generations of dancers since its inception, and I am thrilled that we have found this extraordinary group to bring our new vision for the musical to the big screen,” said choreographer Justin Peck.

See the full list of actors joining the cast of West Side Story inside…More Here! »