Happy Birthday? Apparently, “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler thought she would be celebrating her 13th birthday alone last week, but it was all just a prank.
TMZ reports that Maddie’s friends and co-stars pretended they were unable to make it to her Sept. 30 birthday celebration, but surprised her by appearing anyway. According to the site, "Dance Moms" stars Kendall Vertes, Nia Frazier and Maddie’s 11-year-old sister, Mackenzie Ziegler, each joined her to ring in her big day at a Los Angeles hibachi restaurant frequented by the Ziegler family.
“We're told the youngster was punked by her family and friends, who all profusely apologized saying they couldn't make it out for her birthday,” reports the site. “But when Maddie showed up at the restaurant ... her BFFs Nia, Kendall and Mackenzie from the show all yelled SURPRISE!!! We're told 2 dozen people were in on it, even Abby Lee Miller."
“Thank you girls for making this the best birthday!!” Maddie wrote on Instagram after the celebratory dinner. Her post included a shot of herself posing with Kendall, 12, and Nia, 14. “Cannot wait for my teen years #13.”
While Abby, Maddie’s longtime coach and “Dance Moms” star, wasn’t included in the shot, Abby made sure to wish her star student a happy birthday. “Happy Birthday to You!!!” Abby captioned an Instagram video of the young performer preparing to blow out her candles.
It wasn’t just good company Maddie was treated to her on birthday. TMZ reports that she was gifted two fairly pricey presents: a pair of diamond stud earrings and an Apple Watch. While it's unknown which model Maddie was gifted, it's worth noting the Apple product retails anywhere from $349 to $15,000.
The cast of “Dance Moms” is currently in California filming Season 6 of the hit Lifetime series. The youngest stars of the docuseries filmed an installment of “Girl Talk: No Moms Allowed” in front of a live audience in Santa Monica Saturday. The girls, which includes JoJo Siwa, 12, and Kalani Hilliker, 15, and their dance moms are scheduled to perform at their first Season 6 competition in Glendale on Oct. 10. Click here for event details.
“Dance Moms” is expected to return to Lifetime in 2016.