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What Happened to Melissa Gisoni? Inside the Life of Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler’s Mom

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 13, 2022
01:10 P.M.
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Melissa Gisoni, the one-time favorite mom who often doted on her daughters, Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, stars of "Dance Moms," now lives a much private life, co-running a podcast. See what happened to the superstar mom.


Undoubtedly, Melissa Gisoni was one of the spectacular moms to join the 2011 riveting TV show "Dance Moms."

Once she began appearing, fans swayed to her side as she was also the beloved of Abby Lee Miller, her daughter's dance instructor.

Melissa Gisoni attends Debbie Durkin's ECOLUXE Movie & TV Awards Lounge at Yamashiro Hollywood on June 03, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


Their relationship stirred awe and controversy among fans and other women in the show. However, this did not bother the BFFs, who remained inseparable until it was no longer possible.

Indeed, the show paved the way for Gisoni and her little girls, Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, to taste fame.

While the mother-of-two was in a BFF relationship with the dance institute owner, Maddie was also Miller's favorite, owing to her perfection.

TV Personalities Maddie Ziegler, Melissa Gisoni, and Mackenzie Ziegler pose for a portrait during the FOX 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


However, along the line, Gisoni and her daughters fell out with Miller, the non-conforming dance instructor, whose love for perfection expected of her students made it difficult for many to relate with her.

Following their departure from the show, the family's matriarch resorted to living away from the prying eyes of the media while her kids advanced their professions.

Their mother, who has remained supportive of the girls, is living her best life behind the stardom and enjoying life as an ageless woman. She turns 54 years old today.

Actors Maddie Ziegler and Mackenzie Ziegler and Melissa Ziegler Gisoni attend the Los Angeles premiere of "Ice Princess Lily" at AMC Santa Monica 7 on November 16, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images



Gisoni, also called Melissa Ziegler (Gisoni is her second husband's name), has expressed her thoughts about staying away from TV as long as possible. While she is her kids' number one fan, cheering them throughout, she chose a lifestyle that involves no camera attention.

Instead, she partnered with three other women, Holly Frazier, Jill Vertes, and Kelly Hyland, to launch a podcast titled "Because Mom Said So."

Amid the podcast, Gisoni enjoys sharing her moments online with more than three million Instagram followers, showing off her routine with the family's dog and her vivacious daughters.


Mackenzie Ziegler, Melissa Gisoni and Maddie Ziegler attend "Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend's Place" Gala at Hollywood Palladium on April 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Through it all, Gisoni is concerned about her daughters' lives, especially with men, especially Maddie, her youngest. When speaking about her parenting, she said:


"I'm more protective than I was before the fame. I watch her more. I always worry about men following her."

Melissa Gisoni, Mackenzie Ziegler and Maddie Ziegler attend Mackenzie Ziegler Launches New Beauty Line "Love, Kenzie" on September 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Despite being a mama bear, Gisoni commends her babies for becoming successful on their own. She explained that while going on "Dance Moms" might have been her idea, her girls were responsible for the success they amassed.

Leaving the show allowed them to roam free, and explore other opportunities, as they begged for it—Gisoni listened. So far, neither of them has disappointed their family or fans.

Maddie Ziegler attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images



Maddie has since grown from a young little dancer to a top-notch influencer without dropping the bar. The beautiful teenager has also continued to dance, landing roles in the award-winning singer Sia's musical videos.

Maddie, who confessed to feeling free following her exit from the dance show due to the drama, and chaos, is looking into the movie industry.

The former favorite dancer of the ALDC is set to appear in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the "West Side Story." She has also authored a memoir titled "The Maddies Dairies," which held the position as New York's bestseller.


Mackenzie Ziegler attends the premiere of Warner Bros "Space Jam: A New Legacy" at Regal LA Live on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Currently, she intends to lead a low-profile lifestyle while pursuing success on a grand scale, including teaming up with brands like Morphe and Fabletics.


On the other hand, her younger sister has been doing exceptionally well in the music industry since releasing her first album in 2018. She won a Teens Choice Award and has starred in a TV web series and an animation.

Mackenzie has also branched into fashion, teaming up with brands like Justice and Fanjoy. These young women do not seem to be slowing down in their tracks, making fans believe they are incredibly talented, and leaving the dance show was their best decision ever!