Abby Lee Miller is shaming the families who abandoned her while she was in prison.
In 2016, the "Dance Moms" star plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without claiming it. She was originally sentenced to a year and a day in prison, but was instead released after eight months due to ongoing health issues.
Now, Miller has a message for the "Dance Moms" families who didn't reach out during her struggles:
"Shame on you. Shame on you after what I did for you, for your children -- helped make you a lot of money. You couldn’t come to visit me for eight and a half months? You couldn’t send a card, a letter?"
Miller says that "somehow" children all over the world wrote to her, yet the people back home chose to stay silent.
"They were getting their cards and letters to me. And people here, that I taught their children before the television show--they were very happy customers before 'Dance Moms' and then during it, they were stars, they were making money, they were on top of the world--and you’re just going to dump me?"
While Miller is no longer working with stars like Jojo Siwa, she's still teaching dance. She gives private lessons over Zoom from her home in California, where she's been focusing on her health since her Burkitt lymphoma diagnosis.
Though it's been a challenging journey, the reality star said that navigating life in a wheelchair has changed her perspective "immensely."
"It is an effort for me to bend over and try to pick something up off the floor. [...] I have such a respect for people that are handicap. I had no idea -- none before I was in the chair."
While it's still tough for Miller behind closed doors, she's still grateful to those who have stuck by her side through it all.
"I'm thankful and grateful for the people in my life. The people that stood by me through thick and thin, through all of this, I love them dearly. And for the strangers, there is an old Irish proverb: 'When you need a favor, ask a stranger.' People have been wonderful to me."
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