Abby Lee Miller confirmed her engagement to actor, TV host and “voiceover king” Michael Padula on “The Wendy Williams” show last month, but according to the “Dance Moms” star's latest interview, her engagement was nothing short of a hoax.
“Congratulations on your engagement!” the hosts of Veria Living TV Network’s "The Juice" told Miller, 47, in studio Monday, a sentiment which Miller immediately interjected. “No, wait, wait wait,” said Miller. “Just let me explain.”
Despite only recently confirming her engagement to Padula, Miller went on to share that their nuptials were announced in an effort to soothe her dying mother, Maryen Lorraine Miller, who passed away at the age of 86 in February following a long battle with colon cancer.
“My mother was very ill,” said Miller. “I just think it was kind of like a comfort thing for her to know there was somebody, you know?”
While some “Dance Moms” fans may be sad to learn that Miller may never walk down the aisle with Padula, the ALDC coach claims she doesn’t need a man.
“My mom and dad had me late in life and I’m a very independent woman,” she said. “I’m fine all by myself.”
“I’m looking for a big, thick band,” Miller said of her dream engagement ring, later blushing when Williams displayed an image of her fiancé onscreen. “That’s Michael,” said Miller. “I have a lot of hot men in my life. I surround myself with beautiful men.”
Similar to Miller’s “The Juice” appearance, Miller also attributed her mother’s illness to their engagement.
“We rushed into things because my mom was ill,” she said. “I think it was kinda like she would be at peace if she knew I had someone to take care of me.”
Miller appeared on "The Juice" in an effort to promote her new parental advice/tell-all book “Everything I Learned About Life I Learned In Dance Class,” in stores now. Season 4 of her hit reality-TV series “Dance Moms” returns to Lifetime Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT.