Singer Kesha, 31, who has spent the last few years embroiled in a legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke, is finally opening up about her struggles.
In an upcoming Cosmopolitan interview, the singer-songwriter says, “I’ve taken ownership of myself. I’m taking control of my life and my name, and the music it’s attached to.”
“I’m not, like, a sad sap now. There are a couple of ballads, but my show is still extremely fun,” she added. “I’m not going to be less crazy. There’s an awesome band, and there’s dancing and glitter. That’s a promise I will keep — there will always be glitter.”
Four years ago, Kesha sued Dr. Luke, claiming he drugged and assaulted her, as well as verbally and emotionally abused her for the past ten years. Luke denied the allegations and countersued her for breach of contract and defamation, stating, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”
In 2016, her lawsuit was dismissed, and despite the success of her 2017 album Rainbow, which has been critically acclaimed, she is still linked to Dr. Luke through her recording contract with his label, Kemosabe Records.
Kesha, who achieved fame with her 2009 hit "TiK ToK," struggled with bulimia and checked into the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a rehab facility in Lemont, Illinois, in 2014. She also partly blames Dr. Luke for her body image issues, stating, “The final straw was when I was with my mom at a family dinner party and I was so anxious. Driving home, I had to pull over, and I was like, I can’t keep this secret anymore. It was scary, but I finally put my foot down and chose life. That was a huge turning point. I’m not a size. I’m not a number. I am a strong, badass, motherf—ing woman, and quite frankly, I like my junk. Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be able to say that.”
Fortunately, she has been able to find an outlet through music, adding, “I would write, and pain would turn into art, and the art would turn into healing, and the healing turned into a record. And then I was nominated for a Grammy!”
This summer, Kesha is set to tour with Macklemore to promote Rainbow.