Los Angeles - Sia has apologised to those offended by her video for Elastic Heart.
The clip which features 28-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf and 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler has been criticised for being potentially perverse - as it shows the pair performing an interpretive dance in a cage, while dressed in skin-coloured leotards - prompting the singer to clarify the meaning behind the video which she says depicts "warring" parts of her personality.
Taking to her official Twitter account, she wrote: "I anticipated some 'pedophelia!!!' Cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play"
The video - which has racked up over three million views in less than 24 hours - caused some social media users to slam the 39-year-old musician for creating the "disgusting" piece, with one user saying it "Smacks of child molestation #pervert #unacceptable #childabuse...Explain please!" while another fan simple wrote, "Sia's Elastic Heart
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However, as well as explaining what she hoped viewers would see when watching the video, the singer - who released her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear last year - apologised to those who found it disturbing.
She tweeted:Watch the video here: