Kesha says she used to get compliments when she was ‘slowly starving herself’

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  • She has been candid about her eating disorder

    Words – Karen Belz

    From the editors of HelloGiggles

    This singer is bringing up a conversation that totally needs to happen — and it’s about the true dangers of eating disorders. While Kesha’s essay on eating disorders lauded praise earlier this year, she has gone on to talk about the damaging effect it had on her. It’s no secret that Kesha has had a tough few years, fighting legal battles against Dr Luke and attempting to get her life back on track.

    Kesha opened up about ‘slowly starving herself’ in a new interview with Rolling Stone, and we’re so glad she’s at a healthy place these days. This isn’t the first time Kesha has admitted that she’s suffered from eating disorders, but we’re hoping that each and every mention helps someone suffering know they’re not alone, and that there is a bright side after recovery.

    ‘I really just thought I wasn’t supposed to eat food,’ she said. ‘And then if I ever did, I felt very ashamed, and I would make myself throw up because I’d think, “Oh, my God, I can’t believe I actually did that horrible thing. I’m so ashamed of myself because I don’t deserve to eat food.”‘

    According to the The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eight million people in the U.S. — or, approximately 3% of the population — suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or another type of eating disorder.

    Kesha admitted that what made it harder was the fact that as she got more involved with her disorder, the compliments started coming in rapidly.

    ‘I was slowly, slowly starving myself,’ she admitted. ‘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.”‘

    For the singer, things changed when she confided in her mom, Pebe Sebert, who quickly booked her at a rehab to meet with a nutritionist, who helped her learn how to eat again.

    Kesha was able to battle her illness, all thanks to a little bit of help.

    If you’re currently suffering from an eating disorder and looking to get help, consider speaking to your doctor, or calling beat on 0808 801 0677.

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