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Kesha Pens An Open Essay About Her Rehab Stay Earlier This Year And Criticizes The Music Industry For Its 'Unrealistic Expectations'

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Kesha certainly surprised everyone when she checked herself into rehab early this year for an eating disorder.

Well, that's what the singer told everyone when she left for a 30-day stint in rehab, but everyone wondered if her excuse was just a cover up for drug and alcohol related issues.

Due to the nature of her party anthems, it would seem fitting to believe a route filled with drugs and alcohol landed her in rehab.

It wasn't.

In fact, in this open essay the We R Who We R songstress penned for Elle UK, she laid out all of her problems in the open and credits the music industry for setting unrealistic expectations.

Kesha Rose writes:

"Sure, I've written songs about partying, but my dirty little secret is that I'm actually incredibly responsible. I take my music and career very seriously, and certainly didn't land in this situation from partying. But I was cut off from the outside world and I imagined people making up stories at a time when what I really needed was support.

The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that. I felt like people were always lurking, trying to take pictures of me with the intention of putting them up opine or printing them in magazines and making me look terrible.

I felt like a liar, telling people to love themselves as they are, while I was being hateful to myself and really hurting my body. I wanted to control things that weren't in my power, but I was controlling the wrong things. I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny was part of my job. It felt safer somehow.

I knew I was ready to leave when I'd gained enough confidence to get on a plane knowing there would be paparazzi at the airport at the other end. I was right - they were there. But this time, when I saw the pictures, I felt OK."

Thankfully enough, Kesha knew for herself when it was time to take care of herself and get checked into rehab.

After the singer left rehab, she made changes in her life and started with erasing all the negative people from her life and surrounding herself with positive influences.

All of this made a HUGE difference and we all started seeing a healthier and new Kesha Rose!

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One comment to “Kesha Pens An Open Essay About Her Rehab Stay Earlier This Year And Criticizes The Music Industry For Its 'Unrealistic Expectations'”



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    It's too bad whenever any thin/skinny girl has to feel that way. I'm a chunk and need to lose some weight but mine is real, not a figment of my imagination.