Kesha Admits ‘Abusing’ Her Body in Moving Essay

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

Kesha is known for her distinctive style of music and an unwavering sense of brutal honesty. When news emerged that the singer had entered rehab, industry experts assumed she was receiving treatment for substance abuse. Kesha was forced to clear up the confusion, revealing to the world she was, in fact, suffering from an eating disorder.

True to form, the singer wrote a moving essay for British Elle, detailing her time in treatment and how her life has been since completing the program.

Body Image

With Hollywood standards, women in the music industry are often pressured to be unnaturally skinny. According to Kesha, women are also objectified and encouraged to wear clothing that leaves little to the imagination.

“The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like. I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that,” the singer wrote.

To many of her fans’ surprise, Kesha admits that she felt insecure in her own skin. She went on to say that constant paparazzi attention and media criticism of her appearance left her feeling nervous and unsure. Shockingly, the singer admits that her body image became so distorted, she wouldn’t even go outside. The consequences, mentally and physically, were serious.

“I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that possible, I’d been abusing my body.”


Also Read: Do you Know the Warning Signs of Bulimia?

Off to Rehab

With a full-blown eating disorder ruling her life, Kesha chose to check into rehab. She stayed in treatment for two months and learned how to love herself (and her body). Kesha admits that she’s just now getting to know her true self and is rediscovering her love for life, music, and family.

Even I need to be reminded that we are who we are. And when I say that, I fu-king mean it, now more than ever.-Kesha

“I feel stronger now. Strong enough to admit that I needed help, and strong enough to have faced it head on. I’m not fully fixed — I’m a person in progress, but I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Even I need to be reminded that we are who we are. And when I say that, I fu-king mean it, now more than ever.”

Kesha is receiving outpatient counseling and working with a nutritionist to make sure her body is healthy – no matter what the scale says.

Starlets Who Have Battled Eating Disorders

With Hollywood standards placing pressure on women to look perfect, a number of stars have battled eating disorders. Examples include:

  • Christina Ricci
  • Jessica Alba
  • Katherine McPhee
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Kelly Clarkson


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