It’s been nearly two weeks since Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller reported to prison for bankruptcy fraud, and tonight, fans gained more insight into the 50-year-old’s life and the actions that put her behind bars. A couple weeks before the dance teacher checked into her new home, she sat down with The View‘s Jedediah Bila for a tell-all interview — and certainly didn’t hold back. She discussed her crime, future goals, support system, and even weight loss. Yet despite her openness about nearly all aspects of her life, fans were curious as to whether or not Abby had any family she would be leaving behind while she spent the next 366 days behind bars at Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California.
Although she considered many of her students to be like her children, she does not have any children of her own, nor does she have a husband. In 2014, she was rumored to have tied the knot with communications specialist Michael Padula, but when asked about her supposed wedding, the reality star explained, “No, wait, wait, wait, just let me explain. My mother was very ill, and she just passed away… I just think it was a comfort thing for her to know there was somebody.”
Abby and Maddie in January 2016.
While the choreographer never had a daughter, she admitted during Dance Moms: Abby Tells All Exclusive that she and student Maddie Ziegler, 14, had a special bond. “Maddie was smart. Period. She was smart. Some children have natural rhythm… Maddie was one of those children,” she said. She added that she felt like she was a mother figure to her. Unfortunately, the duo had a falling out that began when the young star left after Season 6 of Dance Moms so she could be in a music video with Sia. Yet it wasn’t until Maddie came out with a tell-all book and neglected to mention Abby at all that the bond was officially broken. In fact, the starlet even slammed her former teacher’s choreography. “I haven’t loved every dance we’ve done,” the dancer — and now actress — wrote. “Some I thought were a little weird or silly, or even inappropriate for kids our age.” Ouch.
Since Abby’s mother passed away in 2014, the TV star isn’t left with a very large support system. And considering she’s already cleaning toilets for 12 cents an hour and reportedly getting into screaming matches with other inmates, she needs people who care about her now more than ever. Only 353 more days to go!
Tune in to an encore presentation of Dance Moms: Abby Tells All Exclusive airing Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.