“Exhale” singer Kenzie Ziegler issued an apology and said she was taking a break from social media. Nearly two years ago, the singer–who is the younger sister of dancer Maddie Ziegler–was accused of using racial slurs.
Ziegler issued the apology via her Instagram story:
I am sorry for my actions in the past. I really am. I am sorry if I offended anyone. That was not my intention. I am NOT racist. I do not stand with racism. I’m sorry if you all misunderstood me. I’m try my best. I love u all so very much and I hope you can understand. And I FULLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS.
AND NO I DO NOT SAY THAT WORK. But I apologize for laughing. It was dumb and I learned from it. It was not funny. I was uncomfortable so I laughed. But that still doesn’t make up for what I did. I’m sorry.
Taking a break off of social media.
Heavy reached out to Ziegler for further comment but did not immediately hear back.
Ziegler Has Been Promoting the Release of Her New Single
Ziegler, 16, worked with Sia on the single and told MOOD magazine the “Cheap Thrills” artist was one of her biggest inspirations. “I would one hundred percent say Sia. One of my number ones. Not because I know her, and she’s always been an inspiration; but because her music is so different and she’s a really good support system,” she said. “Other artists that I like are Billie Eilish, I like Madison Beer. I feel like they’re kind of my vibes of music. I want a combination of both of them! I could go on and on, but definitely, those three are my top.”
Ziegler said the song is about female empowerment. “I feel that the song is very important because you honestly have to breathe, let everything go, and have fun and dance around,” she told the outlet. “I love this song because it’s giving out a really good message, but you can also bop through it and jam out in the car. It’s so fun.”
Sia Has Been Supportive of Ziegler
Not only has Sia been supportive of Maddie Ziegler, she’s also been there for the “Wonderful” singer. The Australian artist has always told Ziegler to have fun with her music.
“She is so encouraging and so humble, and if I am stressing out about something, she’s just like, ‘Don’t stress, just have fun,'” Ziegler told People magazine. “Honestly, she’s such a great person and I wish everyone knew her. It’s amazing to work with her because she’s like family.”
Maddie Ziegler first teamed up with Sia in 2014 to work on the music video for “Chandelier.” Since then, Sia and the dancer have collaborated multiple times over the years and now the Grammy-nominated artist has seemingly taken Kenzie under her wing.
“She’s a great mom. I mean, she acts like a mom to my sister and I, so I’ve always thought that about her,” Ziegler said when talking about meeting one of Sia’s sons. “It’s really awesome. She’s the sweetest person and she does anything for everyone.”