WATCH: Abby Lee Miller Breaks Down After Prison Sentence, Plans to Treat It Like ‘Shooting a Movie’
She’s ready for her close-up. Well, her mugshot close-up.
Just a day after she was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud, former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller broke her silence about her punishment. Appearing on Good Morning America, the 51-year-old insisted she “wasn’t trying to hurt anyone” when she attempted to hide $775,000 of income during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
“I don’t want to hear that number anymore,” she said, adding she never “intentionally” tried to conceal the money despite keeping in multiple secret bank accounts from 2012 to 2013.
“I would never had filed for bankruptcy ever,” she continued. “I do not recommend it.”
The dance instructor has 44 days to surrender herself to begin her prison sentence. Though she previously told People she was “afraid of being physically abused or raped” behind bars, Miller had a better outlook during her interview on the morning show.
“I’m just going to pretend I’m shooting a movie and we’re on set and I’m there for 10 months, and that’s how it’s going to be,” Miller quipped. She also shared her hopes to learn Spanish during her prison stint.
Miller, who quit her Lifetime reality series earlier this year after seven seasons, also expressed plans to focus on her personal life — including becoming “a better business woman” — now that she’s no longer a part of the dance show and have to “worry about” about students.
“I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars,” she said. “I didn’t have any children of my own — these were my kids, and I raised them like they were my kids.”
Additional to her jail time, Miller was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay a $120,000 judgement. She will also give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge and send two years under supervision upon her release.