It’s been over a year since “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller was released from prison, and now she’s opening up about the difficult experience.
The 52-year-old was released in March 2018 after serving her sentence of a year and a day for bankruptcy fraud. It was a period of her life that she says was far from easy.
In a new interview with People, Miller said that she never felt safe while behind bars, except for in one place — the prison church. The reality star explained:
“The only place that I felt safe while I was there was in church, in Catholic mass for one hour on Sunday.”
Miller added that she was raised with the religion that brought her so much comfort in prison. She said:
“I grew up Catholic, yes. And so it was important because that one hour was the only time I felt that a guard wasn’t going to scream over my shoulder in my face. For no reason whatsoever.”
The reality star said that she thought the female guards were more intimidating than the male guards and described them as “vindictive” and “powerful.”
Shortly after being released from prison, Miller underwent emergency surgery on her spine for what turned out to be an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She was left paralyzed from the neck down, but eventually recovered some movement.
Miller is now in remission and working to recover her ability to walk, which will likely require a knee replacement, she told People.
For now, she continues to teach her famed dance classes with the help of a wheelchair. However, the reality star is confident that she’ll eventually be back on her feet. She said on “Dance Moms”:
“I have had a miserable year. It almost killed me. I will teach again. I will create a winning team again, and I hope and pray that I will walk again.”