The lyrics to Todrick Hall’s single “Freaks Like Me” express the importance of loving oneself and celebrating what makes us different. But according to one “Dance Moms” star, the video’s production may not have followed the song’s antibullying message.
One week after the release of Hall’s music video -- which stars “Dance Moms” lead Abby Lee Miller and several of her elite ALDC dancers, Maddie Ziegler, 11, Mackenzie Ziegler, 10, Nia Frazier, 13, and Kendall Vertes, 11 -- another girl's mom is claiming the infamous coach barred her child from participating in the routine.
Christi Lukasiak, the mother of Chloe Lukasiak, 13, claims Miller purposefully excluded her daughter from the popular YouTube number.
“Chloe wasn’t included in the new bullying video because her teacher bullied her and refused to allow her to participate. Nice,” Lukasiak, 37, said on social media Thursday. Later, she said despite her daughter’s exclusion, she has no hard feelings toward the 29-year-old hitmaker.
“[Todrick] was a complete and total gentleman about it. No blame, not hate,” she said. “I hope Chloe has a chance to work with him in the future.”
The latest drama comes just days after Lukasiak claimed (in a since-deleted post) that Miller, 47, taunted Chloe about a “health issue” relating to her physical appearance while filming Season 4B. The admission resulted in the creation of the popular #ChloeIsBeautiful hashtag. Miller has since indirectly denied the accusation.
“Hey #DanceMoms fans don’t believe everything u read and hear on the internet!!!!” Miller tweeted Wednesday.
“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet? I have a whole team of people who were there! Disgusting! Keep trying to save face,” Lukasiak replied on social media Thursday. “Don’t know why a certain dance teacher is obsessed with talking negative about Chloe.”
Miller was last accused of trying to sabotage Chloe's dance career following the Lifetime program’s midseason premiere in April. Francisco Thurston, a guest host with online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV, reported that the dance coach was seen trying to revoke the girl's first-place competition win while filming an episode for the series at a dance event in February.
“After Chloe won, Abby pulled the judges into a production room because she completely disagreed with their decision that Chloe won,” Thurston said. “She was not having it.”
“Dance Moms” returns to Lifetime Tuesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. EDT.