Sia has defended the music video for “Elastic Heart” after it was criticised for promoting pedophilia.

The cinematic visual was released yesterday to promote her latest single, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed “Chandelier” video, and shows Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf performing intense choreography in ****-coloured clothing.

Their emotional performances were praised after the video premiered yesterday but it seems that some people were concerned over 28-year-old dancing with 12-year-old Maddie. Sia has since took to Twitter to defend the video, saying “I anticipated some ‘pedophelia!!!’ Cries for this video. These [Maddie and Shia portray] two warring ‘sia’ self states.”

Personally, I find it absurd that Sia has had to defend the video and its intent at all. The performances were so beautifully done and there was nothing circling pedophilia in any way; people are just too quick to bash artist’s visions and it is those who make these claims that are the ones sexualising it.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

What do you think of “Elastic Heart”?