Maddie Ziegler Slams 'Dance Moms' In Shocking Tell All: 'I Didn't Want The Drama!'

Maddie Ziegler rose to fame on Dance Moms, but the fan-favorite is now slamming the series that made her a household name! In Ziegler's shocking tell-all book The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir, Abby Lee Miller's former student confesses she doesn't even watch the show!

"People ask me a lot if what they see on Dance Moms is real," Ziegler, 14, wrote. "Well, I can't really answer that – I don't watch the show. I've probably only seen one entire episode from start to finish. I don't love watching myself. I've lived through it, why do I need to watch it happen all over again?"

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Ziegler explained how drama goes "hand-in-hand" with being on a reality TV show.

"I was eight years old at the time, and there were cameramen following me around everywhere I went," Ziegler penned. "I would just ignore them and go about my business. Eventually, you feel a little exposed because you're on all the time. Your life is what the show is about, but you're also trying to live it. I just wanted to dance; I didn't want all the drama."

But the added pressure of being on a reality TV show did affect the dancer-turned-actress's performance at competitions.

"When it came to competing, people expected us to be the best because we were the ones with the TV show," she wrote. "That was a lot of pressure – we had a reputation to live up to."

Being on the show even turned dangerous for Ziegler, as an appearance at a New York mall resulted in extra security being called in.

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"We got to the mall and it was crazy: a thousand screaming fans, pushing and shoving and trying to get close to us," she wrote. "It was pretty scary… We actually had to hide locked in a store for a while till the crowds thinned out and the screaming stopped."

But the show wasn't the only thing Ziegler slammed, as she also snubbed her felon mentor Miller by not mentioning her once in the book.

"Before I met Sia, I would say yes to a lot of things I didn't want to do," she seemingly penned of Miller, 50. "Because I thought I had to – I didn't want to disappoint anyone. I'd be overwhelmed by the amount of work on my plate. Sia always tells me you have to have time off, step back and appreciate the moment."

Ziegler left Dance Moms after season 6 to pursue other career opportunities. Although Miller felt betrayed by Ziegler's departure, she seemingly left on good terms.

Miller, 50, pled guilty to not reporting an international monetary transaction and one count of concealing bankruptcy assets in June 2016.

She faces up to 30 months in prison when she's sentenced on May 8th.

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