Ke$ha announced that she was entering rehab for an eating disorder early this month.
On January 4, Ke$ha announced on Facebook: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”
Her mother, Pebe Serberg told People Magazine in an exclusive interview that before entering treatment for anorexia and bulimia, Kesha 26 years-old “almost died.”
“I’ve watched my beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died,” Sebert says.
“The doctors told me her blood pressure and sodium levels were so low, they’d never seen it that low except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke. They said it was a miracle she hadn’t already dropped dead on stage.”
Sebert told People, Ke$ha had been battling body image issues since middle school, but got worse after she signed with producer Dr. Luke and former manager David Sonenberg, when she was just 18.
“One time on a conference call, Sonenberg was screaming, ‘You need to lose weight! I don’t care what you do… Take drugs, not eat, stick your finger down your throat.’
“Ke$ha was just weeping. She drove around afterward thinking about killing herself,” Kesha’s mom went on to tell People in the interview.
“Dr. Luke has just always been very disrespectful about her weight. He’d say it in certain ways, like ‘Why don’t you try running?’ She was doing everything and not getting thin fast enough, and that’s when she first became bulimic.”
Sebert also told People Magazine about the days leading up to her daughter’s decision to check into rehab. “She called me and admitted how much she’d been throwing up, and I just said, ‘Okay.’ I called some centers and Ke$ha agreed to talk to them and liked what they said. She basically cried until we got there three days later.”
Dr. Luke and David have denied Sebert’s claim about Kesha’s weight issues.
Luke said in a statement: “It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment centre, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health.”
Sebert went on to say, “At this point, she doesn’t care if she ever makes a record again. She just wants to be healthy and happy.”
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