Over the weekend, we discussed how Kesha (Ke$ha!) checked into a rehab/treatment facility to deal with what seems to be a raging eating disorder. Just on the surface level of this story, I already had mixed feelings. Granted, I don’t know Kesha, but I always thought she was more into getting drunk and doing drugs as opposed to going on extreme diets. I sometimes feel like these young women SAY they’re getting treatment for an eating disorder – because that’s something more wholesome/palatable/sympathetic – when they’re really struggling with a drinking or drugging problem. Still, I guess the important thing is that Kesha is getting some help. At the end of the day, that’s what’s important.
But now we’re getting stories about how Kesha’s eating disorder came to be. TMZ’s sources claim that Kesha’s long-time music producer Dr. Luke said some really rude, insulting things to her and he “gave” her a complex about her body:
Ke$ha is telling friends her eating disorder was caused by her very own music producer Dr. Luke — claiming he bashed her weight and even called her a big, fat refrigerator … TMZ has learned.
Sources directly connected to Ke$ha tell us … it all started when the singer’s “Get Sleazy” tour ended in 2011. She says Luke — who signed Ke$ha to a deal at age 18 — started ragging on her over the extra lbs she had gained in her downtime.
Ke$ha says Luke — a huge producer who has worked with Miley Cyrus and Rihanna — began calling Ke$ha fat and urged her management team to do something about it.
Our sources say Ke$ha complained … during a music video shoot in 2012 Luke told her she “looks like a f***ing refrigerator” … and the singer was profoundly affected by it.
We broke the story … Ke$ha is now in rehab for an eating disorder. Calls to Dr. Luke went unanswered.
Again, I have mixed emotions. For one, if even a fraction of this is true, Dr. Luke sounds like a mega-tool, a douchebag and someone who should not be allowed around women. I’d be willing to bet that Dr. Luke simply never had an experience like that before, where one of the women he worked with had gained some weight, and instead of dealing with the “image crisis” in an adult way, he went all douchebag frat boy on her.
As for this idea that it was Dr. Luke alone who “gave” Kesha an eating disorder… I have issues with that line of thinking. Eating disorders are much more complicated than a simple A + B = C, “this one a—hole said mean stuff, thus I have an eating disorder” situation. I’m sure it was a million times worse for Kesha when the insults were coming from a man she respected, the man who championed her career and built her “sound.” Still, there’s more going on with Kesha than a simple “Dr. Luke said horrible things to her.”
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