For the past four seasons, Maddie Ziegler and Chloe Lukasiak have been pitted as rivals by their coach, Abby Lee Miller, on their hit Lifetime reality-TV series “Dance Moms." But according to the 11-year-old powerhouse Maddie, her relationship with her ALDC teammate isn’t as dramatic as it appears onscreen.
“Chloe and I are still friends,” she confirmed during a recent interview with InTouch Weekly.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think there’s any rivalry at all,” added Maddie’s mother and co-star, Melissa Ziegler-Gisoni. “You should see Maddie and Chloe backstage. They say, ‘I love you,’ they pray together, it’s the cutest thing. The shows wants them to be at each other’s throats, but they’re not. They’re so supportive of each other.”
While Maddie reports that there is no bad blood between her and Chloe, 13, the young performer did admit that the duo are not as close as they used to be.
“We just don’t see each other as much when we aren’t filming,” said Maddie. “She does her own thing.”
While Maddie is busy traveling the world, attending meet-and-greets and master classes with Miller, 47, and fellow “Dance Moms” stars Kendall Vertes, 11, Nia Frazier, 13, and sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, 10, she says Chloe and her mom, Christi Lukasiak, have opted to pursue separate adventures.
“[Chloe] does events with her mom a lot,” said Maddie. “Nia, Kendall, Mackenzie and I are all traveling around the world together now, and it’s so much fun.”
While Ziegler-Gisoni insists that Chloe was invited by Miller to join the team for travel dates, including a recent excursion to Australia, Chloe’s mom is telling a different tale.
After Ziegler-Gisoni told InTouchWeekly, “Chloe was invited to come as well,” Lukasiak posted to social media: “Really @dancemom1313, Abby invited Chloe on your ‘world tour?’ That’s a flat out lie and you know it. Keep going, eventually someone might believe u.”
With “Dance Moms” mom drama at an all-time high following the series Season 4 return Tuesday, and her recent success with her starring role in Sia’s music video “Chandelier," Maddie doesn't fear the inevitable end of “Dance Moms.”
“I don’t really worry about the show ending,” said Maddie. “I’ll still be at the studio every day and I’ll still take dance very seriously.”
“Both Maddie and Mackenzie want to be professionals in this business,” added Zielger-Gisoni. “And the show is just one part of it.”