Sia has responded to critics who have hailed her “Elastic Heart” music video — which stars 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf and 12-year-old star Maddie Ziegler — as pedophilic.

In the controversial video, Shia is wearing nothing but nude-colored boxers as he faces off with the tween star of ‘Dance Moms’ by dancing in a way that has been described as “sexually provocative.”

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“I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring ‘Sia’ self states,” she tweeted yesterday, Jan. 7.

“I apologize to those who feel triggered by ‘[Elastic Heart].’ My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”

Cathy Nesbitt-Stein, one of the “Dance Moms,” is among the people bothered by the controversial imagery. She tells TMZ she “nearly threw up” watching the footage and couldn’t believe the 12-year-old’s mom, Melissa, allowed her daughter to participate.

She says, “I am flabbergasted that Melissa would go to the levels she is going to get her daughter famous.”

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Meanwhile, ‘Dance Moms’ head honcho Abby Lee Miller has nothing but support for her young student and thinks the critics are “stupid” — adding the controversy surrounding the video is “icing on the cake.”

Check out the video for yourself and let us know what you think — but, be warned: All these people are calling it pedophilia for a reason…

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