Former Dance Mothers stars are alluding to the emotional abuse they confronted whereas on the Lifetime present in a sequence of viral TikTok movies stating that their emotions can longer be harm.
JoJo Siwa, Mackenzie Ziegler, Chloe Lukasiak, and Nia Sioux all put a Dance Mothers spin on the favored TikTok development that has customers sharing movies of themselves with multicolored lighting and the tune ‘Bulletproof’ by La Roux enjoying within the background as they spotlight the difficulties of their lives which have made them stronger.
‘Assume you possibly can harm my emotions? I used to be on Dance Mothers,’ they captioned the clips, with some seemingly calling out their former coach Abby Lee Miller of their posts.
Placing it on the market: JoJo Siwa, 17, is among the many former Dance Mother stars who’ve alluded to the emotional abuse they confronted whereas on the LifeTime present in a TikTok video
JoJo, 17, was the primary to submit her video over the weekend, and along with the shared caption, she elaborated on the general public criticism she has acquired over time.
‘Thinks you possibly can harm my emotions? I used to be on Dance Mothers,’ she wrote. ‘And was a meme of the month Oct. 2018. And get fabricated from 24/7 for my hairline. And get referred to as a large toddler each different day. And had strangers shout out terrible issues to me in public on a regular basis. However I am a boomerang.’
‘Hello, I’m JoJo, and….. I’ve heard all of it,’ she captioned the submit.
The teenager singer was a top-five finalist on the second season of Abby’s Final Dance Competitors earlier than showing on Dance Mothers for 2 seasons.
She is likely one of the few Dance Mothers stars who’re nonetheless involved with Abby, 54, who has been accused of bullying and emotional abuse. Her TikTok submit seems to be at odds along with her current feedback about her relationship with the coach.
Subsequent up: ‘Assume you possibly can harm my emotions? I used to be on Dance Mothers,’ they captioned their clips. Mackenzie Ziegler, 16, posted her video after JoJo
One other layer: Nia Sioux, 19, identified that she struggled as one of many few black stars on the present. Different castmates have accused Abby of constructing racist remarks
‘I really speak to Abby essentially the most out of anyone from the present,’ she informed Us Weekly in Might. ‘She’s nice. I believe Abby acquired harm by lots of people and it is actually, actually, actually unhappy that lots of the individuals do not speak to her anymore. The identical factor with lots of the producers from Dance Mothers.
‘It is simply unhappy as a result of Abby actually is an effective individual,’ she added. ‘I would not be doing this if it wasn’t for her. Maddie and Mackenzie [Ziegler] would not be the place they’re at present with out Abby.’
Mackenzie, who’s Maddie Zielger’s 16-year-old sister, was subsequent to participate within the development, although she did not share any further messages.
The singer appeared on six seasons of the dance actuality sequence starting in 2011, however there isn’t a love misplaced between her and Abby, who has shaded her and her sister on social media.
In Mackenzie’s 2018 guide ‘Kenzie’s Guidelines for Life: Tips on how to be Comfortable, Wholesome and Dance to Your Personal Beat,’ she appeared to slam Abby’s harsh teaching, although she by no means talked about her by title.
Blocked out: Chloe Lukasiak, 19, acknowledged in her video’s caption that she does not even bear in mind the 4 years she spent on the present as a result of it the ‘expertise was so traumatizing’
Actuality TV: Dance Mothers premiered on Lifetime in 2011. It centered round Abby and the dancers she skilled at her Abby Lee Dance Firm
‘I at all times felt like I needed to reside as much as individuals’s expectations of me,’ she wrote, based on RadarOnline. ‘I believed everybody was continuously judging me, watching every transfer and tearing it aside, nitpicking the whole lot I did, and laughing at me behind my again. The aggressive dance world and actuality TV can get a bit loopy.’
Nia, 19, was subsequent to share her video, writing: ‘You assume you possibly can harm my emotions? I used to be the one black lady on Dance Mothers.’
‘And that’s on being bullied by the largest bully in America lmao,’ she added within the caption, seemingly alluding to Abby.
‘Earlier than anybody says something I do know there have been different black ladies on the present right here and there…however I used to be the one one for almost all of the present,’ she wrote within the feedback.
Throughout a 2017 interview with J-14, Nia revealed that Abby was really even crueler in individual than she seemed to be on the present.
Throwback: Mackenzie, Nia, JoJo, and Chloe are pictured with Abby, Jennifer Lopez, and fellow dancer Kalani Hilliker on the Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards in 2015
At odds: JoJo, 17, was the primary to share a video, although she had defended Abby and mentioned she was nonetheless in contact along with her just some months in the past
‘Every time I meet a fan they at all times ask me, “Is Abby actually that imply?” And normally what I say is, what you see is what you get but in addition they don’t even present the whole lot that occurs on the present,’ she mentioned.
‘So, I imply, different individuals would possibly say in another way however from my perspective, it’s a lot worse off digital camera. Nothing modifications. That’s simply her persona.’
Earlier this summer season, Adriana Smith, who appeared on season eight along with her daughter Kamryn, accused Abby of constructing racist remarks whereas filming the Lifetime present.
In the meantime, season seven mother Camille Bridges informed E! Information in an e mail that she additionally felt her daughter Camryn had been discriminated towards as a result of she is black.
She alleged Abby ‘loves appropriating our tradition and by no means appreciating it.’
No love misplaced: Mackenzie, 16, and her older sister Maddie Zielger have had a contentious relationship with Abby over time
Yikes: Nia, 19, beforehand mentioned Abby even meaner in individual than she appeared on the present
Chloe, 19, was the final of the group to share a video, however hers was one of the vital damning.
‘My expertise was so traumatizing I don’t bear in mind these four years. It’s an precise coping mechanism!’ she wrote within the caption of her time on the present.
Final 12 months, she revealed that she give up Dance Mothers as a result of Abby used to make enjoyable of her and her eye situation silent sinus syndrome, a uncommon dysfunction that may trigger painless facial asymmetry.
‘The explanation I left Dance Mothers was as a result of my former dance instructor made enjoyable of a medical situation I’ve,’ she mentioned in a video shared on her YouTube channel.
Chloe mentioned she overheard Abby making enjoyable of her whereas in an argument along with her mom, Christi Lukasiak.
‘I heard the whole lot she mentioned they usually didn’t present it on Dance Mothers and it’s not likely mentioned rather a lot, however she made enjoyable of me,’ she defined.
Out of line: Chloe, 19, revealed final 12 months that she give up the present as a result of Abby made enjoyable of a medical situation that she has
Transferring on: Abby, pictured in January, introduced by way of Instagram in Might that she is parting methods with Lifetime after 9 years and hopes to pursue different initiatives
‘As a lot respect as I’ve for her as a dance instructor and as an individual and, after all, with the whole lot she’s going by proper now, what she mentioned was horrible,’ Chloe added, referring to Abby’s battle with most cancers that she has since crushed.
Dance Mothers premiered on Lifetime in 2011 and ran for seven uninterrupted seasons.
It centered on Abby and the dancers she skilled at her Abby Lee Dance Firm. The women, who have been ages six to 15, appeared on the present together with their moms.
Following Abby’s launch from jail for felony chapter fraud in 2018, Lifetime introduced there would an eighth season of the present which might deal with Abby’s most cancers prognosis in addition to her coaching of a crew of eight younger dancers.
The season debuted in June 2019.
This previous Might, Abby introduced by way of Instagram that she is parting methods with Lifetime after 9 years and hopes to pursue different initiatives.