With one of the best pop singers in the worldMaddie Ziegler and Sia have become one of the most powerful duos in the world of pop. What they’ve done with music videos is beyond explaining, but more than that, they’ve come to share a friendship that, while seeming rather odd at first, has been enduring and has aroused much interest. Here’s how it all happened.

Maddie Ziegler and Sia

In 2011, 8-year-old Maddie Ziegler started appearing in the Lifetime movie. Dance Moms and it soon became apparent that she was a star waiting for the right moment to light up the sky. In 2014, the heavens came to her when Australian singer Sia contacted her on Twitter to ask if she was interested in dancing in the video for her single. She also informed the young dancer’s mother, Melissa Ziegler, that her people were trying to reach her.

It was the contract that spawned Maddie Ziegler and Sia’s friendship when Maddie accepted the offer and first appeared in Luster ‘s famous white wig . Ziegler was the only person to feature in the video which garnered nearly 2 billion views on YouTube, as the Australian singer-songwriter directed it with Daniel Askill.

At the 57th Grammy Awards, Luster was nominated for Best Music Video, but was beaten by Pharrell Williams Happy. It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and won Best Choreography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Video at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards.

Everything you need to know about their friendship

Although it was the music of each Dance that brought Maddie Ziegler and Sia together, their bond grew beyond their arts. They worked on more songs together, including a video for Elastic Heart and for Big Girls Cry, always appearing in the white wig. It became clear that these two were going to be together for a long time.

Beyond their collaborations, Maddie Ziegler has become a form of the renaissance or another face of Sia who has continued to be just the voice while the young singer becomes the face. At the 2015 Grammy’s, the two appeared together, wearing their white wigs, Sia’s face covered up to her mouth, while Maddie left her open. In 2016, Maddie shared a photo of two necklaces which she described as her two favorite necklaces. While the first necklace bore the names of Maddie and Sia, the second simply said “Sisters.” That same year, Maddie Ziegler and Sia went on Sia’s North American tour together. This tour was described as very fruitful with a lot of energy.

For her 2017 Every Day Is Christmas album cover, Sia had Maddie Ziegler as the cover. The young dancer will later reveal that she spent the year with the singer who became her second mother even more than with her real mother. Their friendship continued until 2018 when, for her 18th birthday, Sia gave Maddie a car.

The critics

And, of course, there were the criticisms that followed the working relationship between Maddie Ziegler and Sia. This mostly comes from those who believe that while the 1975-born singer has stayed away from the limelight, she has thrust the young dancer into the limelight.

The main issue for many is that Sia had always either stayed away from the stage completely or always covered up while Ziegler always dressed the same way the singer would leave her open. The criticism is that she pushes her into the spotlight, which she herself refuses to be.

Additionally, in an article written by Bonnie Malkin and published by The Guardian, Sia Furler was accused of hiding while exposing the child, standing still while the child moved, and offering Maddie’s face and body while she stayed covered.

In her response, the singer said the article had raised the question she had always wondered, however, she pointed out that Madison was already famous when the two met, although she made her even more famous. Sia said all she wanted for Maddie, whom she always protected, was to empower the teenager.