Ke$ha’s Mom Opens Up About Daughter’s Eating Disorder
It hasn’t even been a month since the news that 26-year-old pop star Ke$ha (known for songs Tik-Tok and Timber) checked herself into a treatment center for her eating disorder issues. About a week later, her mother Pebe Sebert checked into rehab for herself for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Recently, Ke$ha’s mother has opened up about her daughters agonizing journey and her fear for her daughter’s life.
Pebe Sebert has stated to People magazine that she has “watched her beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died.” Ke$ha’s former manager (David Sonenberg) was even once heard screaming on a conference call that she needs to lose weight and he doesn’t care if she has to take drugs, stop eating or even stick her finger down her throat. Her mother said that her eating disorder reached a point where friends and family would follow her into the bathroom. “The doctors told me her blood pressure and sodium levels were so low, they’d never seen it that low except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke. They said it was a miracle she hadn’t already dropped dead on stage.”
When Ke$ha checked herself into the 30-day rehab she said “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found that hard to practice.” Ke$ha also requested her mother join her in rehab due to suffering from PTSD. Her goal in going to rehab is to learn to love herself again. Her mom says that at this point in Ke$has treatment, she doesn’t care if she ever makes a record again; she just wants to be happy and in good health.
The impact of the media on the spread of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa cannot be disproved. From an early age we are blasted with images and messages that strengthen the idea that to be happy and successful we must be skinny. It is almost impossible to read a magazine, turn on the radio, go shopping or turn on the television without being confronted with the message that to be overweight is to be unattractive. The most terrifying part is that this critical message is getting to kids. When teenagers feel as though their hips, weight or boobs don’t match up to those of models and actors, they feel hopelessly imperfect. Sadly, even children of elementary school age are fixated on their weight. Even if the disagreement is made that the media’s depiction of women is just a mirror of culture and not a creator, the media still needs to take blame for at least spreading the dysfunction.
All of the people in the media speaking up about their eating disorders, and even the ones talking about being okay with their weight and bodies, are so helpful to women and men suffering with body image problems. It can either help people to get help with their issues or help them realize that they can be okay with their bodies. The idea that society has that we have to be super thing to be beautiful needs to be smashed. I admire Ke$ha for not only getting help with her eating disorder issues and being open about it but also for caring more about herself than her music career. Taking care of yourself should always come first. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-777-9588.