Kesha checked herself into rehab for 30 days to treat an eating disorder


At first, I only saw the headline “Kesha… Rehab…” and I thought, “Huh, cocaine and alcohol, I bet.” But I was wrong! Kesha checked into a treatment center in Illinois for an eating disorder. Actually… I could see that. Kesha’s weight has yo-yoed quite a bit over the past few years, and I could see how that would be a product of an eating disorder. Of course, my first assumption was cocaine, perhaps with an eating disorder chaser, but let’s just take everything one day at a time.

Ke$ha is seeking treatment for an eating disorder. The “Timber” singer, 26, checked into rehab on Friday, Jan. 3.

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” the “Crazy Kids” crooner told Us Weekly in a statement. “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.”

She is reportedly at Timberline Knolls rehab center — the same residential treatment center in Illinois that Demi Lovato checked into back in 2010.

Just one day before, Ke$ha posted a Twitter picture of herself getting a new tattoo of a smiley face. “Happy new year!!!! get it?” she wrote.

On New Year’s Day, the singer debuted her “Dirty Love” music video, which was also K$ha’s directorial debut. “This is my face song off my record,” the Warrior hitmaker tweeted.

“Cheers to this year being the best year ever,” she wrote. “2014 gon be the year of truth and freedom.”

[From Us Weekly]

It’s strange to me that eating disorder treatment facilities do the same kind of 30-day detox programs as regular substance-abuse rehab facilities, but maybe that’s the point. You’re detoxing from ALL of your bad habits at once. Anyway, it’s good that Kesha is getting help and I hope everything works out for her. Even if she’s gotten kind of gross (drinking urine, remember?), I still kind of like her and want her to be around for years to come. Stay healthy, Kesha!


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  1. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Awwww I’m sorry to hear that! I kind of like her for being a nut who is also not a Barbie, not afraid to be a little bit out there, and who pretty much appears to be doing it all for herself. Here’s to hoping Kesha gets better.

    • idk says:

      I really thought she had just been doing some healthy dieting and exercise. I know she has been getting a lot of comments about her “new look’ and how she looks so great, this had to keep her eating disorder going. I mean if people keep commenting on how much “better” you look, what would make a person stop the eating disorder? I wonder what made her realize she has an issue and needed help? Good for her for realizing she has an issue.

      • Florc says:

        Maybe it’s just my personal experience (and those I met during my ed hospitalization), but it’s very difficult to quickly admit there’s an issue there. You keep it secret and a big part of you doesn’t want to “get better”.
        Or maybe I just think Kesha does things for attention (which she has) and claiming to have an ed in the same fashion Snookie did. When Snookie actually just had a stint of viewing food and eating habits in an unhealthy manner. They aren’t the same thing.

  2. GeeMoney says:

    I was going to say that the first pic is the best I’ve seen her look in awhile… until I saw the close up. Not her best look.

    I’ll admit… I like her music. Here’s hoping rehab helps her out and she goes back to making all of those crazy pop songs that I love.

  3. cnote says:

    Good for her.

  4. MelissaMelissa says:

    It takes more than 30 days to get rid of an eating disorder. You need therapy, learn how to eat and treat yourself better, a solid treatment, and all the love and support you can get, I hope she has that. My mom had an eating disorder when she was a teenager and from what she has told me and what I have read, it takes a lifestyle change to truly get rid of it and it can take years.

    This is probably the first headline of Kesha that I have clicked because I never cared for her musics or antics, but I really really want her to be well and I hope her journey goes as smooth as possible.

    • Evelyn says:

      I thought that too, but 30 days focusing on just treatment is a good start, then she can transition into an outpatient therapy with a clear head. I hope she (and your mom) are well and stay healthy!

    • Tammy says:

      I can speak from experience that an eating disorder never truly leaves you even if you make a lifestyle change. Each and every time I start exercising and eating “healthier” I become super obsessed and I always lose too much weight. I get caught up into it and while I look good, I become mentally unstable, The minute I see myself acting a certain way, I stop going to the gym and I start eating less strict. I wish I could find a happy medium and I am still trying 25 years later. It is very like an addiction and you battle it every day of your life. It doesn’t leave you.

      • Becky1 says:

        Well said, @Tammy. I was hospitalized a few times for anorexia in my teens and although I’ve been a healthy weight since I was 20 I still struggle periodically
        (I’m 41 now). It’s an ongoing battle and sadly I can honestly say that I still think about my weight on a daily basis. On the positive side, I’m much, much better than I used to be. If you get good treatment and are ready to make changes you can recover.

      • IzzyB says:

        Brilliantly said Tammy. It’s taken me years and I still slip up.

        Have you considered getting a trainer at a gym?

        I told one my previous problems and the things that caused me to obsess again and he started a light workout regime with me and was very encouraging and supportive, even gave me his number and said if I started to obsess and work out without him to call him. Very lovely man.

        I now have a weighted hula hoop at home which I use once or twice a week and I’m still skinny but not obsessively, and I exercise moderately. It’s a huge step forward.

        Good luck to everyone out there fighting 🙂

  5. Emma says:

    Her body looks pretty great at the AMA.

  6. Jessica says:

    I’m going to guess that the “eating disorder” is a cover for some other drug problem. It’s like when Demi Lovato went into rehab for “eating disorder and whatever else it was”. She only later admitted that she went in for other substance abuses as well.

    • kpoodle says:

      Yep. I’m thinking the same thing. Either way, I hope she gets better soon.

    • Suzen says:

      That was my first thought too. My gut reaction is “well that’s a good cover up story”.
      Bless her heart if she does have an eating disorder though, it was very brave of her to share that if it is true.

    • Sullivan says:

      It seems like eating disorders and drug addiction, especially stimulants, sometimes go hand-in-hand. When this is the case, it can be a long and hard, but rewarding, road to recovery.

    • Tammy says:

      Eating disorders are very much like an addiction. She could very well also be abusing drugs but it could only be an eating disorder. Recovery from both is the same, you fight it every day for the rest of your life.

    • msw says:

      For whatever reason, when soneone goes to rehab for substance addiction, they are immediately labeled and judged by peopke who don’t have any compassion for addicts. And while there are definitely many people who don’t get ED’s, either, more peopke are willing to dredge up some empathy and blame the media or an artist’s handlers.

      Whatever she is going for, i hope she gets what she needs.

      • Leila in wunderland says:

        True. That’s why I’m surprised (in a good way) that all of the comments are supportive. I think the reason why drug addiction and alcohol addiction have a stigma behind them that eating disorders don’t is because using drugs and getting drunk are seen as moral issues.

      • LucyLoo says:

        I am so pleased with all this positive attention for this story. I like Kesha because she doesn’t follow the Hollywood herd (even though her music’s kind of the same and she parties alot) but she’s just a little strange and diff and doesn’t give a F. So whatever it is…the lesson here is that genuine people will support genuine PEOPLE, not Hwood assholes like Miley, Beyonce, GaGa et al…

  7. elo says:

    I’ve never liked her music, but find her interesting because she is a genius, yes like a real intellectual genius (google it). I hope her recovery goes well.

    • Shannon says:

      That goes a long way towards explaining her actually. It is known that people with above-average intelligence and creative types are more likely to suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders. Everyone on mom’s side of the family has high IQ’s and the smartest relatives have been the most disturbed. One committed suicide. Even the non-MENSA qualifiers have struggled with various types of depression, anxiety, and addictions. It’s a double-edged sword.

      • Lex says:

        It’s tough living in world where stupidity is rewarded so highly and seems to surround you everywhere.

  8. Pri says:

    Not a fan of her music. But I like the both the pics posted above. She looks good and healthy. Although in the one at the bottom of the post, her eyes look kind of vacant. Anyways….I don’t know what some people have with smiling…atleast do it sometimes. Please? Okay, thank you.

  9. smee says:

    I’m proud of her for acknowledging this issue publicly, but it makes me mad that it’s being portrayed as something that can be fixed in just 30 days – ITA with @MelissaMelissa above.

    Like others have said, I’m not an actual fan, but it seems obvious to me that this young woman has had plastic surgery, is on a grueling tour to promote her music and has been given one skimpy month to try and recover from something……that’s the recipe for disaster.

    • Josephine says:

      No one is implying that she’ll be fixed in 30 days. It’s 30 days of inpatient treatment. Inpatient Rx rarely lasts longer than that, even in cases where people are placed on IVs because they are so close to death.

      • IzzyB says:

        I was in inpatient treatment for four months for anorexia.

        A lot of people go in under a psychiatric hold and check out as soon as it expires. It’s incredibly sad and I saw a lot of people yo-yo in and out when I was there.

        I stayed because I wanted to get better. It was hell on earth and I was a difficult patient to put it mildly, but I needed the time I had there.

    • Marigold says:

      How it’s being portrayed and how people are choosing to interpret it are two different things. How people interpret it is on them, not her.

  10. shellybean says:

    I like Kesha for some reason. I hope she gets the help she needs and gets better. I had multiple eating disorders for over 10 years when I was younger. I wouldn’t wish one on my worst enemy. Besides what it does to you physically, it just completely destroys your self esteem and mental health and any concept of what is normal. I’ve noticed that her weight goes all over the place, and when she was a little heavier the meaner blogs had great fun mocking her body in a swimsuit. I hope they just leave her alone.

  11. Kate says:

    I hope she stops with the orange tanning; very pretty without it

  12. Gina says:

    Gods speed on recovery 🙂

  13. Patti Nichols says:

    I like her. Hope shes ok. Good for her for taking the first step. Hope it helps her.

  14. Nina says:

    i just love ke$ha a lot. people have looked at me weird in the past few years and while her music really isn’t the type of tune you’d play at your daughter’s wedding and cry to, it’s catchy and fun and easy to dance to. i think she’s got a very unique sense of humour and i love that she’s very out there and that she’s always herself. i watched her show and i just adored the way she talked to her fans and the way she’d interact with friends, family, she’s so entertaining. she helped so many people. i guess she needs to help herself now, and that’s ok.
    i always thought she was confident and really put together (in her own way) but i guess people do hide issues like eating disorders very, very well. i just hope she’s going to be ok. i really do.
    (did anyone else know that she said she hated herself for so long because of perez hilton?! i checked his website today and he’s putting out all these stories and he even blamed some other dude for her problems! that’s really sick)

  15. emmie_a says:

    Just semantics here — but eating disorders are diseases and you don’t ‘detox’ from an eating disorder (or from the bad habits you’ve acquired). And 30 days doesn’t mean anything. It’s usually the minimum-length stay for in-patient programs but like other commenters have stated, you don’t recover in 30 days – it’s a complex, ongoing process.

    • Florc says:

      If she has an ed and/or drug issue I hope she recovers and absorbes the treatments. 30days of rehab is a bandaid and more to observe in the terms of long term recovery needed for an ed.

      From my armchair i’d wager drugs and other bad influences are her issues.

    • LilyT says:

      I would agree except to say that it’s a LOT more than semantics. An ED is not a chemical dependency one can detox from. It’s a complex issue as you said, and one in which a person needs to completely reevaluate and alter the way they view their body and their relationship to food… A process that can take years, or longer

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I take issue with comments about how strong and together she “seemed.” People with EDs and/or addiction are not weak. If anything, you have to be pretty strong to work twice as hard at making everyone else think you’re strong and together while you’re compensating for a disorder. Just sayin. None of us is as strong and together as we feel like we need to look. Also, it never would’ve occurred to me that it looked better to have an ED than to be a drug addict or alcoholic. There’s an awful lot of shame associated with eating disorders.

  16. HB says:

    I really enjoy her pro satanic I sold my soul to the devil, orgy filled satanic videos. I really dont care if her music and her actions destroy the American culture or if she is an icon that stupid girls follow. As long as she’s interesting and fun to dance to, well that about sums it up. (Not)

  17. mzizkrizten says:

    That hair that big chunk of fake hair on the left there ugh so tacky new stylist please

  18. LilyT says:

    I find her refreshing, although I’m not a big fan of her music, I like her as a person. I’m glad she’s choosing to get healthy and wish her the best.

  19. Lucy says:

    This sucks. Especially since she has always seemed so strong and full of life. Wish her nothing but the best, and hope she’ll be okay!!!

  20. Abbicci says:

    She seems like a smart, driven and talented young lady. I hope she gets the help that she needs and I am grateful she has the support of her family and friends, as well as her fans.

    I can’t throw any shade at someone reaching out for help and trying to get themselves better. I hope this can start a conversation amongst her fans about how easy it is to fall prey to the pursuit of perfection. Even the strongest of us can fall victim to it.

  21. Jessica says:

    Love her. I hope she gets better. I like her now that I’ve seen her show although she’s a horrible narrator. They show how she makes her music and it sounds so lovely before they add all that autotune and dance beats, she’s actually more talented than I ever gave her credit for.

  22. Meg says:

    she’ll come out of rehab a healthier weight and people will make fun of her for being fat again. unless you’re born naturally very thin, which some women are, you just can’t win in that industry.

    • idk says:

      A lot of women have to deal with this, regardless if they are a celebrity or not. Actually, statistics are showing that eating disorders among young men is on the rise as well.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Yup, that was the exact trajectory for Demi Lovato when she came out of rehab.

  23. Hakura says:

    Regardless of the reason(s) behind her decision, I say good for her. I really hope she can improve her mental/emotional/physical health enough (in 30 days) to at least get on the right path to recovery.

    I still have trouble believing she’s an *actual* genius!! She hides it well xD

  24. here's Wilson says:

    I read that someone on her team ( producer?? not sure…) Dr Luke is his name… kept taunting her about her weight…. telling her she looked like a refrigerator!! who knows what else….don’t know how reliable the source, but if true… comments like that can wreck self esteem and spiral into ED…

    hope she gets well, I’ve always enjoyed this chick

  25. G. says:

    I wish her the best. I had a friend in rehab for an ED and it is TOUGH. The only way you can better is if you want to, and hopefully Ke$ha will make it through. It is not an easy process in the least.

  26. GiGi says:

    I am confused. Didn’t this website jump on the bandwagon and make fun of her body too?

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I searched the site and didn’t find any story per se about Kesha’s weight, just a lot of fluff about her wacky style choices. That’s par for the course here!

      • Florc says:

        I love this about this site. CB, Kaiser, Bedhead all stay away from fat shaming for the most part. It’s a balanced site.

  27. gg says:

    I have seen she has body self-image issues. If she didn’t insist on exposing so much skin, desperately trying to look sexy (and not even coming close), then she could avoid negativity and flack for the fact that she looks terrible in the clothes she chooses to wear that are cut in a completely non-flattering way to her body. And if she would just cover up and wear the right clothes, she wouldn’t have to starve herself to try to make the clothes look good.

    As I see her body issues, she’s only a victim of very poor fashion choices. Because the body she wants to have is not attainable to her and never will be. And that is OKAY. Accept what you look good in and ditch what you don’t, because starving yourself and even working out like a fiend are not going to produce a completely different body than you have.

  28. Salsada says:

    Calling it. People mag cover in 31 days. Then a lucrative stint on a reality singing competition that followed a “recovery ballad” she wrote in recovery. Followed a year later by a memoir and glamour, Cosmo, teen vogue cover stories and “leaked” stories about her trials and tribulations for the next 10’years. You go Kesha, grab that money and headlines while you can.

  29. Cinderella says:

    Eating disorder? So that’s what they’re calling it. Hmmm.