"We R Who We R" singer-songwriter Ke$ha appeared to be struggling with eating disorders long before announcing she was seeking treatment for it.
In a survey of interviews done during the past two years, People magazine said Ke$ha, 26, born Kesha Rose Sebert, had been taunted by online comments in March 2011 after appearing on an Australian beach in what some called an unflattering two-piece swimsuit. She responded a month later looking trim in a glamour photo she posted on Instagram, later explaining to Metro that after her first album, the 2010 hit "Animal," "I didn't realize how many eyes would be on me."
This past June, as the cover girl of Self magazine, she spoke about how eating healthy and working out "helps me stay sane and exude confidence," adding, "I also want to look good when I'm nearly naked onstage in front of thousands of people. I'd prefer it to be a pleasant experience when people look at me." As recently as October, she told Rolling Stone, "I think that every woman who works out and prances around onstage will try to show all the hard work they've been doing. I mean, I don't think there's anything wrong with taking a picture . . . and posting it on Instagram, as long as it looks good."
Yet in her Self interview, she alluded to deeper issues than transient criticism over a beach photo. "I've had to endure so many people telling me, . . . 'No, you're not pretty enough,' 'No, you're not skinny enough,' " she said, "and I just had to be, like, 'You're not stopping me. Get out of my way.' "
The naysayers may have included her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who, she told Rolling Stone, allowed no creative control over her work. TMZ.com said Saturday that during a music video shoot in 2012, he criticized her weight by comparing her to a refrigerator, a comment that deeply stung the singer.