Though she’s only 14 years old, Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler has been in the public eye since she got her start on the popular Lifetime show at the ripe old age of eight. But Maddie says she’s already had her fair share of weird fan experiences, and she just Ziegler dished on the creepiest present a fan has given her…so far.
Appearing on the cover of Galore, the actress and dancer opened up about everything from her relationship with Sia to spilling the details about her boyfriend. But we’re secretly most interested in the weird fan gift (because that’s how we roll), and it’s totally understandable why she’d be a little freaked out.
“When I was like nine, it was when I first started meeting fans, and [people] started to realize who I was. This girl brought me this huge box, and I was like, ‘Aw, thanks,’ and she goes ‘Will you open it right now in front of me?'”
Maddie says: “I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ I opened it and it was this big grandfather clock with my name engraved in it, it was the creepiest thing. It was just weird. Why would you give a grandfather clock to a nine-year-old?”
While we’re sure the fan didn’t mean any harm by the gift (and likely spent quite a bit of money on it!), we can see how that might have weirded Maddie out, especially at only nine years old. Maddie says the fan in question was only a few years older than her, but maybe she wanted to give her something super-personal and unforgettable (and um…mission accomplished).
Maddie says she has fans of all ages, from kids barely out of diapers to moms in their forties, so we’re sure she’s pretty used to this kinda thing now. But we have a feeling this one clocks in as one of the strangest (see what we did there?! Sorry).