Kesha Talks Eating Disorder: Public Scrutiny “Really Messed With My Head”
Kesha opens up her eating disorder and her decision to seek professional treatment in the August issue of Teen Vogue.
“Let’s just get the elephant out of the room. My eating disorder is something I’ve been struggling with for a while,” she candidly tells the magazine. “People will make up stories, but I went to rehab for an eating disorder — nothing more and nothing less.”
The singer, who voluntarily entered a women’s inpatient facility outside of Chicago in January, says, “The decision to take control of it is the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”
“And this is coming from someone who dives with sharks and jumps out of airplanes for fun,” she adds.
Kesha sees the positive in her experience, noting, “To have a breakthrough you have to have a breakdown, and I definitely went through both of those — in hindsight, it saved my life.”
The star gives an honest assessment of how public scrutiny played a role in her seeking treatment.
“Things got worse because I’m in an industry where people photograph your body and zoom in and blow it up and put it on the cover of magazines, and other people make terrible comments,” she explains. “It really messed with my head, and I realized I couldn’t do it by myself.”
Kesha says her “whole message is to love who you are and accept all your beautiful imperfections.
“When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it,” she continues. “I have a public persona where I need to be fun all the time, and I refuse to be a hypocrite.
She adds, “I felt I needed to get help, not only for myself but also for my fans. My worst fear in life is to be fake.”
Kesha ended up using a toy Casio keyboard to write 14 new songs during her time in rehab.
“The whole process has made me so much stronger and ready to take my life by the horns and make a record that I’m going to be proud of and not care what anybody else thinks!” she says.
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