Sia apologises for alleged paedophilic undertones in ‘Elastic Heart’ video

Singer says her intention was to 'create emotional content'

Sia has apologized for the alleged paedophilia references in her new Shia Labeouf-starring video for song ‘Elastic Heart’, saying “my intention was to create emotional content”.

The provocative video, which was unveiled on Wednesday (January 7), features 12-year-old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler and 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf dancing intimately in a cage together. Both wear only nude underwear.

The video was critised for its seemingly explicit references to sexuality, with one fan tweeting that the video should have come with a trigger warning for any survivors of sexual abuse.

Sia responded by explaining that both characters are meant to reflect different aspects of the same person. In a series of posts on Twitter last night, the Aussie singer admitted that she anticipated controversy but defended her casting choices. “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 wrote.

She added: “I apologise to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.”

The ‘Elastic Heart’ video has received more than 13 million views since it was uploaded. Shia LaBeouf is believed to have been the victim of sexual abuse himself last year, after alleging in December that a woman raped him during his performance of #IAMSORRY, an art project that saw visitors interact with the actor alone in a room.

In November, Sia collaborated with Eminem on their joint track ‘Guts Over Fear’. The song was the lead single from Eminem’s two-disc compliation album, which also featured contributions from Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil (Royce Da 5’9″ and Eminem), D-12 and Yelawolf.