‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller on Prison: “I Probably Won’t Survive”
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller is due to be released from prison in July 2018.
That’s if she lives that long, of course.
In an interview airing soon on TV, the Dance Moms pariah seems to say she’ll likely die in prison.
The 50-year-old reported to prison in Victorville, California, on July 12 — arriving at the correctional facility with two hours to spare before her deadline.
Three months ago, she was sentenced to 366 days in prison for bankruptcy fraud and for not reporting $120k worth of Australian currency she brought into the United States.
“It’s surreal! I keep thinking someone’s gonna call and say, ‘Oh, it was a mistake!’” she told Us Weekly back in May.
“I’m not out taking karate. I’m not in a self-defense class, though maybe I should be.”
New footage from Abby’s upcoming interview with The View’s Jedediah Bila, however, shows the reality star in a much bleaker mood.
“I’m doing the time,” she says in a promo for the July 25 special. “I am taking the blame.”
And though she expresses pride over her career — saying, “I gave kids a new life; no one can take that away from me” — she has a sense of doom about this prison sentence.
“I probably won’t survive,” she tells Jedidiah.
(The promo doesn’t tell us the context of that quote, but Us Weekly states in no uncertain terms that it’s prison that Abby doesn’t think she’ll survive.)
Assuming she does make it through her sentence, of course, she’s hoping to resume her reality career.
“I hope to come out and have a new TV show, a scripted show that I’ve created,” she previously told Us.
“It’s kind of, you know, a teenage show where Dance Moms leaves off, what should happen next because I know what should happen next.”
If Abby does come back to TV, she’ll be back on Lifetime, whether she wants to be or not. It sounds like she’s chafing under her contract restrictions with the cable network:
“I’ve been offered some other jobs, but they’re on camera. And, according to Lifetime, I can’t be on camera with any other network but theirs,” she told the magazine. “I let people screw me over right and left. [I’m] not a criminal mastermind.”
We’ll be curious to see Abby’s next act — we just hope she lives long enough to have one!
Dance Moms: Abby Tells All airs Tuesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
Dance Moms Season 8 premieres on Tuesday, August 1, at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.