I don't think there's anyone on this planet who could argue that Kesha hasn't been through a lot lately. Between her legal battle with Dr. Luke and not releasing new music because of it, she's definitely had a lot on her plate, and it seems like those of us watching what happens from the outside don't know the half of it. On Sunday, Kesha updated fans on Instagram, and her messages were nothing short of inspiring. Through a series of photos from her personal collection, Kesha announced that she's taking her life back and let everyone in on what she's been dealing with while her courtroom saga has been making headlines.
Anyone in Kesha's position would be struggling, and in her own words, the singer explains that for a long time she's been in a really difficult place. In one of the photos captions, she says she's been dealing with depression and an eating disorder — something she's also tackled in the past — and calls the phase of life she's in right now an "uphill fight." But now, she wants to make the choice to fight on despite all that she's been through, and it's awesome to hear that she's reclaiming her life this way.
I have been battling depression and an eating disorder for a while now. my career is in a strange place and it feels like I'm fighting an uphill fight some days. but I have decided to take my life back. my freedom. my happiness. my voice. my worth. I will not just f*cking be quiet and hide. today I will say f*ck it and live. So F*CK it. today I'm making that choice. AND IM HAPPY AS A DAMN CLAM. and also a big ol f*ck u if u wanna hate on my body. just remember that makes u look like a d*ckhead.
Some of the photos are topless selfies while some of them are just photos of the beach, but it looks like Kesha is finally finding the peace she's deserved for such a long time. And it seems she was so inspired by the sea that she even got a new, tiny tattoo of a shark.
Back in April, judge Shirley Werner Kornreich rejected Kesha's appeal of her earlier decision against allowing the singer to break her recording contract with Sony. Later, Kesha claimed that she was offered freedom if she agreed to apologize to Dr. Luke, but obviously she did not take that this alleged offer. Since then, though, it seems like she truly has taken her life back into her own hands. Last month, she even released a song, "True Colors," with Zedd. According to TMZ, she also reportedly plans to make a statement against Dr. Luke during a performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but we won't know if that's truly in the works until the awards air May 22.
But no matter what she plans to do from here, it's great to see that she's taking such a positive approach to what has to be a heartbreaking situation. Through all of this, Kesha has definitely proven she's a fighter, and I have a feeling her Instagram posts are just the beginning of what's to come for her.
Sony's attorney told the New York Times in February,
Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha. Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.
On April 3, Dr. Luke's spokesperson released the following statement to Rolling Stone.
The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That's because all the evidence — including Kesha's own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this "incident" supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.
In October 2014, Kesha's lawyer released a statement to Billboard when she filed her lawsuit:
This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke. The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time.