While Kesha has delivered infectious beats
ever since bursting onto the scene with 2009’s “Tik Tok,” she’s also unfortunately been through
some truly traumatic events in her life. Thankfully, she’s come through these struggles
all the better for it. Let’s take a look inside Kesha’s tragic life. In an interview with The Guardian, Kesha revealed
that she grew up poor in Nashville, Tennessee, relying on welfare and food stamps and her
poverty actually continued into the early days of her pop stardom. Shocking as it may seem, she allegedly didn’t
make a dime from her feature on Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which inspired her to temporarily
add the dollar sign to her stage name. According to Vulture, Kesha initially wasn’t
credited on the American release of the song, and also claimed she was never paid for her
vocals on it. She told The Guardian, “The dollar sign, to be honest, was me taking
the piss out of being broke. […] I would hear my voice everywhere I’d
walk into a movie and it would be playing. I’d walk into Walgreens, the grocery store,
and it was playing, at a time when I didn’t even have enough money to buy my groceries
in, like, the dollar store.” The musician recalled hearing the track at
a bar with friends, adding, “One of my favorite memories in my entire
life is sitting in that crappy bar with my friends eating free tacos. There is no correlation between happiness
and amounts of money.” In January 2014, Kesha checked into a rehabilitation
center after struggling with an eating disorder, where she stayed for three months. Explaining that her condition was triggered
by pressures from the music industry and media, she told Rolling Stone, “I was slowly, slowly starving myself. The worse I got and the sicker I got, the
better a lot of people around me were saying that I looked. They would just be like, ‘Oh my gosh, keep
doing whatever you’re doing! You look so beautiful, so stunning.'” Kesha finally realized she needed help when
she felt anxiety at a dinner party about whether the other attendees would realize she wasn’t
eating. While receiving treatment outside of Chicago,
a nutritionist and therapists taught her to love herself again, but it wasn’t easy. She explained, “I just remember crying into a carbohydrate. Being like, ‘I can’t eat it. It’s going to make me fat, and if I’m fat,
I can’t be a singer because pop stars can’t eat food they can’t be fat.'” Following her recovery, Kesha thankfully not
only had a healthier relationship with food, but also with social media and alcohol consumption. Kesha sued her longtime producer, Dr. Luke,
in October 2014, alleging that he drugged and assaulted her on at least one occasion,
according to TMZ. In addition to fearing physical violence from
him, she also claimed he was verbally and emotionally abusive during the near-decade
they’d worked together, including allegedly body-shaming her, which further triggered
her eating disorder. Dr. Luke denied the allegations and countersued
Kesha for defamation and breach of contract, accusing her of trying to extort him to get
a new record deal. The two have gone back and forth in court
in both California and New York ever since. Kesha claimed in April 2016 that Dr. Luke
allegedly offered her a settlement and to release her from his label if she recanted
her assault allegation which she refused to do. However, Kesha later dropped her sexual abuse
lawsuit against him in order to focus on her music. In September 2019, Kesha was denied an appeal
in her New York countersuit to exit her contract with Dr. Luke, according to E! News. Meanwhile, Dr. Luke’s defamation suit remained
ongoing. Throughout Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke,
her career remained in limbo as she tried to extricate herself from her recording contract. She wasn’t able to release new music for much
of it, alleging that Dr. Luke wouldn’t allow it. He denied the claims, and in April 2016, Kesha
released a collaboration with Zedd, “True Colors,” with Dr. Luke’s permission. Kesha was slated to perform at the Billboard
Music Awards the following month, until Dr. Luke’s team temporarily revoked permission. They later granted it, saying in a statement
she was initially prohibited from taking the stage in case she used the platform to discuss
their ongoing litigation. In 2019, Kesha told The Guardian that Dr.
Luke had previously instructed her to embody the persona of the wild, fun party girl and
to release auto-tuned pop songs. She told Rolling Stone, “What’s been put out as singles have just
perpetuated a particular image that may or may not be entirely accurate. I’d like to show the world other sides of
my personality. I don’t want to just continue putting out
the same song and becoming a parody [of] myself. I have so much more to offer than that and
I can’t wait till the world really gets to hear that on the radio.” 2017 saw the release of Kesha’s first solo
single in years, “Praying,” and her empowering album, Rainbow on which she had creative control. Months after the emotional single was released,
the [Me Too] movement was underway, leading a slew of female artists and sexual assault
survivors to join Kesha onstage at the 2018 Grammys for a moving performance of the track. Of the [Me Too] movement in general, Kesha
told Rolling Stone in October 2019, “Obviously I’m heartbroken that any kind of
sexual abuse happens to any human being in the world. It shouldn’t have to be something that is
a movement, and that makes me really sad. But I commend any person who has stood up
and told their truth, because it’s really difficult.” While making it clear that she couldn’t speak
much about her ongoing litigation with Dr. Luke, Kesha has found plenty of support within
the industry, with stars like Adele, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, and Taylor
Swift who even donated a hefty sum to her legal fees. Kesha’s January 2020 album, High Road, would
mark her return to pop form. In a trailer for the album, she claimed she
had been in a much more serious headspace while making her previous record. “But now, on my new record, I revisit my roots
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