With all the news surrounding Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller leaving the Lifetime show, we couldn't help but wonder how her protege Maddie Ziegler was doing in the midst of it all. Of course, Maddie skyrocketed to fame over the past few years following her departure from the show. She has been featured in Sia's music videos, has been a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance and even scored herself an Aussie boyfriend – Jack Kelly.
Maddie has definitely broken away from the Dance Moms mold and the world just keeps watching. However, she'll never forget her roots and the stress it caused her. In a new interview with Seventeen, Maddie reveals what her life was really like during the filming of Dance Moms and it might be exactly what you expected.
She said, "The show was a really stressful time — I just didn't want to deal with all of the drama anymore. I'm happy I've moved on. I get to step out and do my own thing and be myself. But I am thankful for the experience, and I miss dancing with the girls."
To be honest, we can't blame her. The drama was so, so real on the show. Can you imagine having your mom and your friends' moms all sit in a room together gossiping and talking about you while you're trying to do something you love? And all of this happening while growing up in the spotlight and having someone whose not even related to you constantly telling you to point your toes?
Just writing all of that has our heads spinning.
Maddie and the rest of the Dance Moms girls had a real connection and they were and still are friends, but it's clear that the show became much bigger than them. Maddie has obviously gone on to do great things since it ended and the drama has subsided – thank goodness.
The world wants to see the real Maddie, not just the girl from Dance Moms. And finally, we're getting that.
Talk about real, Maddie admitted in her interview that she can't even text! She said, "My friends tell me I'm the worst texter. I don't use emojis, and everything is lowercase. In my head, I'm expressing my emotions, but I guess I just don't come across as very enthusiastic. I need to get on that and start using emojis and stuff." #RELATABLE