The video for “Big Girls Cry” is more static than Sia’s previous videos, featuring the young dancer pictured from the waist up performing to the camera against a black background.
The Australian singer, who also co-directs her music videos, has used the Dance Moms reality TV star twice before in her videos for “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”.
The young dancer, who appears as an on-screen substitute for the camera shy artist, is seen in “Big Girls Cry” gesticulating wildly wearing a blunt, blonde wig and flesh coloured leotard.
I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
The singer said she was sorry for “those who felt triggered” by the video after some fans who had experienced abuse and grooming in the past said it was disturbing.
I anticipated some 'pedophelia!!!' Cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
Describing fame as being like an overbearing mother-in-law in 2013, Sia removed her face from her artwork and promotional materials and has made very few public appearances since.
The singer has cast Ziegler in her music videos since May 2014 and has drawn criticism from some viewers for appearing to sexualise the child dancer.