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Ke$ha is one of the most unabashedly in-your-face pop stars on the planet. She's become an international superstar on the popularity of her uninhibited anthems like "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R" and her free-spirited antics. But now the 26-year-old is hitting pause on her hard-partying ways; on Friday, the singer entered rehab for an eating disorder.
"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," Ke$ha told TMZ. "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$ha -- whose collaboration with Pitbull, "Timber," recently became her 11th single to chart in the Top 10 -- entered the Timberline Knolls treatment center near Chicago early Friday morning. It's the same facility where Demi Lovato sought help for her issues.
According to TMZ, Ke$ha's body issues began when her producer, Dr. Luke (who has also worked with Miley Cyrus and Rihanna), got on her case when she gained weight after her "Get Sleazy" tour in 2011. (After dancing her butt off nightly, we think she deserved a little down time.) The website's sources claim Luke told Ke$ha she "looks like a f***ing refrigerator" during a music video shoot in 2012 and that her management team should get involved.
If there's any truth to those claims, it makes watching Ke$ha's video for her new single, "Dirty Love," a lot less fun to watch. In true Ke$ha form, it's a NSFW celebration of single-girl power as she dances, strips and leaves little to the imagination. But is that svelte pop star the product of hours at the gym for her own self-fulfillment, or mental anguish at the hands of those who are supposed to be her mentors?
It's a disheartening truth that even a woman as strong in her own convictions as Ke$ha can be swayed to believe that her body is "wrong" or "bad." When someone this fierce succumbs to the pressure to adhere to one body type -- and then stands up to remind us all that it's wrong, and we can fight back -- there's hope that maybe it's not such a losing battle for women after all.