08/01/2015 09:01 GMT | Updated 08/01/2015 13:59 GMT

Maddie Ziegler And Shia LaBeouf Star In Sia's 'Elastic Heart' Video: Singer Apologises After ‘Peadophilia' Controversy

Singer-songwriter Sia has taken to Twitter to apologise, after her new ‘Elastic Heart’ music video, which stars Shia LaBeouf, was criticised by fans.

Shia stars alongside 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, who found fame on ‘Dance Moms’, and a number of people have slammed the singer, stating that the vid is inappropriate and has “peadophilia” connotations.

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Shia and Maddie in the video

In the vid, Shia sports nude boxers, while Maddie wears a nude leotard. They are then seen wrestling and fighting in a cage.

A number of fans took to Twitter to discuss the video, with many questioning whether the clip has peadophillia connotations.

Sia has now issued an apology, giving her reasons for the casting choice.

Ahead of the apology, a number of people defended the star:

While Sia has released six studio albums of her own, she has also found fame through collaborating with some of the biggest names in music.

Sia co-wrote ‘Titanium’ with David Guetta, and she’s also written tracks for the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears.

Watch the 'Elastic Heart' video below...