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Abby Lee Miller shares her prison fears on 'Lifetime' tell-all special

Wednesday - 26/07/2017 09:47
Here's what we learned.
(Photo: Rich Fury, Invision/AP)
(Photo: Rich Fury, Invision/AP)

Former Dance Moms reality star Abby Lee Miller checked into federal prison on July 12 in Victorville, Calif., but her tell-all Lifetime special, Dance Moms: Abby Tells All Exclusive, which aired Tuesday night, gave insight into the two weeks leading up to her 366-day sentence.

Interviewed by the The View's co-host Jedediah Bila, Miller shared details on her sentencing, how she feels about prison and more.

Here's what we learned.

She’s scared about prison.

Miller's thoughts on prison were clear during the TV special: “I’m petrified.”

"I’m hoping it won't be as bad as I image," she said. "If it’s that bad, I probably won’t survive."

Later in special, she met with a federal prison consultant who eased some of her worries, including being “terrified” of physical abuse. “Are people attacked? Are they raped? Are they molested?” Miller asked. 

What will happen when she gets out?

Although the Abby Lee Dance Company will continue operation under the direction of her former student Gianna Martello, Miller has concerns about how her dance studio will fare without her.

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"I will be somewhere for 10 and a half months without any power or control," she explained. "Will I come out and have nothing? Will I come out and be right back where I started? That's what's scary. That's more scary than going in."

She's worried about her weight.

Before her sentencing, Miller opted to remove 80% of her stomach through gastric sleeve surgery. In the special, she met with a doctor to discuss her action plan for monitoring her health while having limited access to healthy foods. “I doubt there’s a salad bar, and I don’t think there’s gonna be a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables," she said.

The doctor advised her to try to make smart choices, telling her the snack-filled commissary is a "pretty good no-entry zone for you.”

When talking with the federal prison consultant, Miller also revealed that she was worried about being humiliated by her weight. "So what if...they hand you clothes (and) they don't fit?" she asked.

She has an estranged relationship with Maddie Ziegler.

Although Miller said they never had a "falling out," her relationship with breakout star Maddie Ziegler has not been as close since the young dancer left the show.

Even though Miller is not sharing Ziegler's limelight, she said she's not sad about it — but she is confident she helped her former student reach her success.

"I look at what she has done, the other jobs and the other opporutnties besides Dance Moms, they all involve dancing," she said. "I don't think, had she not been in my studio, she would be where she is today."

Miller reiterated she doesn't think she was too hard on her students, explaining that her strict training helped them get to where they are today.

"I think they all know what they signed up for as far as the show goes and as far as my dance education goes," she said.

She told her side of the story.

Miller, who was sentenced for bankruptcy fraud in May, told Bila that she didn't lie, but that she knows she wasn't smart in her actions. 

"I made mistakes. What I'm denying is that I'm this cut-throat financier... I'm not a bad person," Miller said before admitting, "I was stupid. I was in the wrong. What I did was wrong."

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