Pop star Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, entered rehab for an eating disordered. But is her producer to blame? A new rumor is claiming that he is. The singer, 26, is at the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, southwest of Chicago, and if what various news sites have reported, Lukasz Sebastian "Dr. Luke" Gottwald could have contributed to her insecurities.
Ke$ha herself hasn’t put the blame for her poor body image on her longtime producer. Instead, if a source dished to People magazine about the claim. The “Timber” singer has reportedly landed in treatment for 30 days. "He has been verbally abusive to her and insults her and the way she looks, saying she's not pretty enough or skinny enough," an insider told the news site. "The abuse ultimately led Ke$ha to a bad place."
Still, friends didn’t realize how bad things were for the singer of “Tik Tok.” "It was kind of out of the blue," the insider told People. "She's just as sensitive about her weight as anyone is, but not constantly talking about it."
When the pal questioned Ke$ha about her recent weight loss, the starlet brushed the person off and said that her abundant dancin on tour caused her to drop a few pounds.
When asked about the rumor, a rep for Dr. Luke wouldn’t supply People with a comment. Ke$ha’s fans are pretty upset with the producer. In September, Rebecca Pimmel started a petition for the singer to have creative freedom from him. Pimmel wrote: “Dr. Luke, is stunting her from growing as an artist by making her sing the same generic, predictable, recycled, pop song.” The petition, on Petitionsite.com, has nearly 10,000 signatures.
In October, the singer told Rolling Stone that she wants her sound to evolve. "I'd like to show the world other sides of my personality," she said. "I don't want to just continue putting out the same song and becoming a parody of myself. I have so much more to offer."
A different source added the music industry is to blame for Ke$ha’s negative perception of her body. "Being in this industry hasn't helped her issues, it's made them worse,” the insider told People. “But it's also finally made her deal with them properly.”
The star will remain in treatment for the next 30 days, at the same facility where former Disney star Demi Lovato sought help in 2010. Insiders have high hopes Ke$ha will be able to conquer her eating disorder.
"She thinks this is important to get a handle on, and it's great she's taking the initiative before it becomes something more serious," one friend told People, while another added: "She's a strong woman. She'll put in the work and get over this."
On Jan. 4, she took to Facebook to let her fans know she would be taking a month-long hiatus to get well. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” she said. “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 clearly has the support of her fans. Nearly 50,000 people "liked" the post and hundreds more wished her to “stay strong” through the process.
The singer is currently starring in the second season of her MTV reality show, “My Crazy Beautiful Life,” which airs on Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c.
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