Would Abby Lee Miller End her feud with the former student and co-star Maddie Ziegler? She gives fans an answer once and for all.
As you may know, there was bad blood between them Abby Lee Dance Studio Founders and the Ziegler family since Maddie left Dancing mothers. The 20-year-old dancer had previously spoken about her experiences on the series Cosmopolitan Last year, Abby created a “toxic environment.” She explained:
“She was distraught [when I left]. For a long time we felt so guilty. She trained me, she helped me, but I also knew I would be fine without her and I was tired of being in a toxic environment. I thought, ‘This isn’t for me.’ I can’t do this.’ I haven’t spoken to her since. I feel at peace.”
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While this wasn’t a shock to fans who witnessed the teacher’s toughness during years of working with young dancers on the show, Abby was surprised by Maddie’s comments at the time:
“Newsflash: The kids in the original cast never had a contract. The mothers had a contract, but the children, well… they were just there with a handshake. I thought [Ziegler] wanted to be there. …If she had said, ‘I don’t want to go, I’m not going,’ kicking and screaming and stamping her feet, her mother certainly wouldn’t have brought her – otherwise she would have come and talked to me about it. She never did.”
Apparently Abby wasn’t particularly happy with Maddie at the time. But where are they today after the war of words? Well, the couple hasn’t reconciled, that’s for sure! The 57-year-old television personality opened up about her relationship with Maddie on the latest episode of Sophia Franklin‘S Sofia with an F Podcast. When asked if Abby would reconcile with Maddie, she revealed that it would be difficult for her to end their argument because there was “a lot of ugly darkness” there:
“I can’t really separate Maddie from her sister and her mother, and there are some… I don’t want to use the term ‘bad blood,’ but there are some devastating things.”
What kind of “devastating things” is she talking about here? Abby further claimed that her feud with the family was mainly due to the fact that she was jaded about the release of Mackenzie Ziegleris the song from 2014 It’s a girls’ party. According to the dance teacher, she financed the project and received nothing in return after the track’s success. Seriously? Abby explained:
“A song that went to No. 1 on iTunes in three countries: ‘It’s a Girl Party.'” I produced it. I bought the song. I did everything for this child. Mack Z was my creation. The video itself cost $27,000 and I got my $27,000 back right away because the video also went to #1, but I’ve never seen a penny of the music. And I had a 360 deal with Mackenzie. So where is it?”
Hmmm. Considering they were both just kids when this happened, why not call their mother? Melissa instead? Why feud with Maddie? It’s a bit strange to hold such a big grudge over something that happened when they were children. I’m just saying it. Ultimately, Abby made it clear that she would be willing to talk to Maddie if she took the first step and made contact. You can see an excerpt from the interview here:
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