Maddie Ziegler stuns on cover of Cosmopolitan as she reveals she has not spoken to Abby Lee Miller


Maddie Ziegler stuns on cover of Cosmopolitan as she reveals she has not spoken to Abby Lee Miller since quitting Dance Moms five years ago: ‘I was sick of being in a toxic environment’

She has made a successful transition into adulthood with a budding career in acting.

And Maddie Ziegler was candid as she revealed that she has kept her reality series past in the past.

The 19-year-old star was ravishing in a red Carolina Herrera dress as she was featured on the cover of the July edition of Cosmopolitan magazine.

In the accompanying interview with Alexandra Whittaker, Maddie was open and honest about the scrutiny she received as a result of growing up as a reality television star on Dance Moms and why she hasn’t spoken to former teacher Abby Lee Miller in the over five years since quitting the show.

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All eyes on her: Maddie Ziegler was ravishing in a red Carolina Herrera dress as she was featured on the cover of the July edition of Cosmopolitan magazine

All eyes on her: Maddie Ziegler was ravishing in a red Carolina Herrera dress as she was featured on the cover of the July edition of Cosmopolitan magazine

Dance Moms followed the training and careers of children in dance and show business under the tutelage of Abby, now 56, as well as the relationships between the instructor, dancers, and their bickering mothers. 

As a child, the rising star was featured on the first six seasons of the Lifetime reality show from 2011 to 2016 and her dance instructor Abby infamously took the news of Maddie leaving – delivered by her mom Melissa – very hard as she locked herself in a room.

Maddie was asked if that moment was awkward for her as she responded: ‘She was distraught. For the longest time, we felt so guilty. 

Moving on: In the accompanying interview with Alexandra Whittaker, Maddie was open and honest about the scrutiny she received as a result of growing up as a reality television star on Dance Moms and why she hasn't spoken to former teacher Abby Lee Miller in the over five years since quitting the show, they are seen together in January 2016

Moving on: In the accompanying interview with Alexandra Whittaker, Maddie was open and honest about the scrutiny she received as a result of growing up as a reality television star on Dance Moms and why she hasn’t spoken to former teacher Abby Lee Miller in the over five years since quitting the show, they are seen together in January 2016

Interesting: Dance Moms followed the training and careers of children in dance and show business under the tutelage of Abby, now 56, as well as the relationships between the instructor, dancers, and their bickering mothers

Interesting: Dance Moms followed the training and careers of children in dance and show business under the tutelage of Abby, now 56, as well as the relationships between the instructor, dancers, and their bickering mothers

‘She trained me, she helped me, but also, I knew I would be okay without her and I was sick of being in a toxic environment. I was like, “This is not for me. I can’t do this.” I haven’t spoken to her since.’

According to the the writer’s notes, Maddie also says she doesn’t plan on ever speaking to Abby again adding: ‘I feel at peace.’

Maddie has been in a relationship with Australian singer Eddie Benjamin, 20, for three years and admitted that the only time she has ever watched a clip from her old reality series was with him.

She explained: ‘I did watch a little bit of an episode from the very beginning to show my boyfriend because I was like, ‘You cannot watch this, but I’ll show you what I looked like.” And we both were like, “This is sad. We need to turn this off.”

Maddie (seen with Abby in August 2014) was asked if the moment she quit was awkward for her as she responded: 'She was distraught. For the longest time, we felt so guilty'

Maddie (seen with Abby in August 2014) was asked if the moment she quit was awkward for her as she responded: ‘She was distraught. For the longest time, we felt so guilty’

Maddie and Eddie were friends before they began dating as she recalled when it turned romantic years ago.

She said: ‘Literally the moment. We were sitting on a couch together late at night. We’d been best friends for a while and both broken up with other people; a little bit of time had passed. We were just talking and he was like, “Yeah, me and you just have so much love for each other, it gets confusing.” I was like, “Yeah, it totally does.” And then we both just looked at each other and I was like, “Oh.” 

‘I remember covering my face with a pillow for 20 minutes. I couldn’t look at him. I was like, “This is so embarrassing because we literally just admitted that we love each other!” But we’re kids. Me and Eddie are still kids. We’re figuring it out and we’re just letting it happen.’

Maddie touched on the scrutiny she has endured for being in the public eye most of her life especially when it comes to longtime fans of her reality series who already have pre-conceived opinions about her.

Sweet: Maddie has been in a relationship with Australian singer Eddie Benjamin, 20, for three years and admitted that the only time she has ever watched a clip from her old reality series was with him, they are seen in LA in December 2019

Sweet: Maddie has been in a relationship with Australian singer Eddie Benjamin, 20, for three years and admitted that the only time she has ever watched a clip from her old reality series was with him, they are seen in LA in December 2019

She explained: 'I did watch a little bit of an episode from the very beginning to show my boyfriend because I was like, 'You cannot watch this, but I'll show you what I looked like." And we both were like, "This is sad. We need to turn this off"

She explained: ‘I did watch a little bit of an episode from the very beginning to show my boyfriend because I was like, ‘You cannot watch this, but I’ll show you what I looked like.” And we both were like, “This is sad. We need to turn this off”

She opened up about how she copes with it as she said: ‘I kind of just have to push it to the side. I was thinking about the Kardashians, for instance. Everyone knows them. Everyone knows their kids. I know all their kids’ names. But I know that I don’t know them truly. 

‘So I see why people would think they know everything about me… but we have to live our lives. We’re going to slip up. We’re going to make mistakes, but that’s normal.’

Maddie looked very fashionable in the accompanying photoshoot as she sported a fashionable pink cropped top, briefs, and skirt co-ord from Miu Miu. 

She also shined in a body contouring metallic silver strapless Michael Kors midi dress with matching strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals.

All eyes on her: Maddie looked very fashionable in the accompanying photoshoot as she sported a fashionable pink cropped top, briefs, and skirt co-ord from Miu Miu

All eyes on her: Maddie looked very fashionable in the accompanying photoshoot as she sported a fashionable pink cropped top, briefs, and skirt co-ord from Miu Miu

Rocking it: She also shined in a body contouring metallic silver strapless Michael Kors midi dress with matching strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals

Rocking it: She also shined in a body contouring metallic silver strapless Michael Kors midi dress with matching strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals

The star also soaked in the sun with a sheer white and green patterned Giambattista Valli top and flowy skirt. 

Maddie has already made quite a name for herself in the acting world as last year she starred in Sia’s Music, The Fallout and West Side Story and can soon be seen opposite Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire in coming-of-age ‘traumedy’ Bloody Hell.

And she is already looking to the future as she talked about her goals saying: ‘Seeing how Reese Witherspoon has her own production company, that’s really cool. Maybe down the line, I could do something like that. 

‘I would also love to go to the Met Gala. Maybe next year, it will be in the cards for me’ 

Ethereal: The star also soaked in the sun with a sheer white and green patterned Giambattista Valli top and flowy skirt

Ethereal: The star also soaked in the sun with a sheer white and green patterned Giambattista Valli top and flowy skirt

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