"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice. 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," Ke$ha told TMZ in an official statement.
The "Tik Tok" singer is reportedly seeking treatment at the same center in Chicago where Demi Lovato once sought help in 2010. The announcement that Ke$ha was voluntarily entering rehab for an eating disorder came seemingly out of nowhere, but were there signs all along?
Friends close to Ke$ha say that the driving force behind her eating disorder is her music producer, Dr.Luke. The source reported to TMZ that after Ke$ha's "Get Sleazy" tour ended Dr.Luke started calling her fat and is said to have urged her management company "to do something about it." The source also claims that Ke$ha was deeply effected by Dr.Luke's harsh words after told her she looked "like a f---ing refrigerator" on the set of one of her music videos in 2012.
It was a shock to fans that the "Timber" singer was suffering from an eating disorder as there was no obvious indication prior to her announcement to indicate that she was having such serious eating issues. But maybe there were signs that the pop star had been dealing with body image issues for much longer than anyone realized. "I've had to endure so many people telling me, ... 'No, you're not pretty enough,' 'No, you're not skinny enough,' " she said in an interview with Self, "and I just had to be, like, 'You're not stopping me. Get out of my way.'"
Ke$ha also endured being taunted online after she was photographed in a bikini on the beach in Australia. A month later, she posted an Instagram glamour shot of herself looking slimmer and revealed in an interview that she had not realized how many eyes would be on her after she blew up on the charts.
After Ke$ha made her official announcement that she was entering rehab for an undisclosed eating disorder there was an outpour of love and from her fans on Twitter. "Ke$ha you are a saber tooth tiger. You can get through this," wrote one fan, "Wishing all the best to Ke$ha for her recovery hoping she comes back healthier than ever," wrote another. Everyone is rooting for the talented song writer, who handled her decision to enter rehab publically and honestly. In doing so she set a good example for her millions of young fans, showing them that there's no shame in asking for help and seeking treatment if they think they have a problem.
Check out Ke$ha and Pitbull in the music video for "Timber" below.
Do you think Dr.Luke's comments are the reason Ke$ha started struggling with an eating disorder? Tell us in the comments section below.