Dance mom Kelly Hyland is fighting back, this time with words.
Following Abby Lee Miller’s appearance on “The View” Wednesday to discuss her recent alleged catfight with "Dance Moms" co-star Hyland, the 42-year-old Hyland spoke with ABC News Thursday to tell her side of the story.
TMZ was the first to report earlier this month that Hyland, a longtime customer of Miller’s Abby Lee Dance Company (the setting for their hit Lifetime series), was arrested in November following a dance-related scuffle with Miller at a New York dance competition that led to Hyland's arrest. While Miller has brought up charges against the Pittsburgh mom of three for assault and harassment, Hyland is now claiming that the alleged violence was all done in the name of self-defense against the infamously tyrannical coach.
“I’m just not that type of person that would fight with somebody unless I was provoked,” Hyland told ABC News Thursday, who said the incident occurred in an effort to stand up for her children and fellow “Dance Moms” stars Brooke, 16, and Paige, 13. “I don’t think anybody wants to be provoked, but I was standing up for my kids," Hyland said.
So what was the catalyst that caused the blowout? According to Miller, 47, Hyland was upset about her decision to bring new dancers onto the highly coveted elite team. Hyland, however, is singing a different tune, reporting that the scuffle was due to their televised, four seasons worth of tension. “She hurts my children every day,” said Hyland, adding, “Every time she opens her mouth, she hurts my children.”
Following Miller’s confirmation Wednesday that Hyland’s two children will no longer appear on the reality series, Hyland reconfirmed the reports that her children have not trained with Miller or filmed subsequent episodes for the series since the incident. So is a reconciliation possible for the sake of the show’s dedicated viewers? Hyland thinks not. “I don’t think you can take back all the hurtful things and the pain that she’s put my kids through,” she said.
On Jan. 21, the co-stars appeared at a New York courthouse in connection to Hyland’s charges. According to a report from ABC News last week, Hyland pleaded not guilty to the criminal court complaint, which states that she “struck Miller with her hand” and “pulled her hair.” The duo was ordered a temporary ‘"no contact" order pending the rest of the investigation. The reality stars are due back in court in March.
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays on Lifetime at 9 p.m. ET.