Kesha Opens up about her eating disorder

by Anna Klassen

Lately, Kesha's been making headlines for more than her chart-topping singles. The "Timber" singer entered rehab for an eating disorder in early January and emerged two months later flaunting rainbow hair and an "I'm a Survivor" sweatshirt. She seems to be doing much better, and now Kesha has opened up to Teen Vogue about her experience at Timberline Knolls treatment facility. She told the magazine:

Let's just get the elephant out of the room. My eating disorder is something I've been struggling with for a while. People will make up stories, but I went to rehab for an eating disorder—nothing more and nothing less. I decided to face my problem head-on.

The 27-year-old singer went on to talk about how important it was for her to listen to her own advice. "My whole message is to love who you are and accept all your beautiful imperfections," she said. "When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it…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."

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Understandably, the singer notes that being constantly in the spotlight makes it easier to be pulled apart by hateful comments. Having paparazzi stalk you and follow your every move can hardly be conducive to a positive body image. She explained:

It really messed with my head, and I realized I couldn't do it by myself. 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. 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!

Cheers to you, Kesha!