Kesha Displays New Outlook After Rehab For Eating Disorder

By McCarton Ackerman 07/25/14

The 'Tik Tok' singer has found a new lease on life following a stint in rehab to combat anorexia and bulimia.

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After nearly dying from anorexia and bulimia, Kesha says she is fully recovered and has a new lease on life after entering rehab earlier this year.

Speaking last week on Good Morning America, the singer said that she has “let color into my life again.” She also briefly touched on her two-month stint at a treatment facility outside of Chicago, which she said was largely due to criticism of her physique and pressure from her team to lose weight.

Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, revealed to People magazine that by the time her daughter entered rehab “her blood pressure and sodium were so low they’d never seen that, except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke. They said it was a miracle she hadn’t dropped dead onstage.” The singer said she has learned to not listen to her critics by “blocking out negativity and not letting hateful messages get to me. I’ve received some pretty hateful things.”

Although she has remained mum on the specific details of her condition, Kesha personally confirmed rehab rumors to People magazine last January. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice," she said. "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.”

Once she finished her stint of treatment, Kesha decided she still needed more help with her eating disorder and stayed for another 30 days. After completing rehab last March, she dropped the dollar sign from her name and changed her Twitter handle from @keshasuxx to @KeshaRose.

The singer-songwriter has battled weight issues throughout her life. She told Seventeen magazine last January about the struggles she endured early in her career. "I remember every person who told me I couldn't do something or that I was ugly or too fat," she said. "People in the music business were like, 'You're never going to make it.' I see them now and I'm like, 'Ha!'”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.