Fans of Glitter Queen Ke$ha already have a reason to dislike her producer and keeper, Dr Luke, for being too controlling and creatively stifling. So imagine the wrath they will now bring to his door for his ALLEGED role in Ke$ha's eating disorder.
Dr Luke's influence over the extent of the singer-songwriter's musical output was brought to the fore during the airing of My Crazy Beautiful Life when the star commented on how little control she actually had over her second album, Warrior. The result of this- and subsequent -revelations led the Diva's "Animals" to create the "Free Ke$ha" campaign, whose sole goal was/is to release the Diva from Dr Luke's management (you can join the cause and sign the petition here) so she can follow a rockier path away from pop and EDM.
But recent revelations have implied that the producer's influence went further than just the music; extending his critique to the singer's physical appearance. Jerk! This is of course speculation, with sources being "friends" of the Diva. But if they are to be believed, then the insults began in 2011 during her "Get Sleazy" tour, which might go someway to explaining the inorganic transformation that came along with her sophomore album in 2012. Just compare the videos from the last single from the Animal/Cannibal era (Blow in 2011) to that which followed after the tour (Die Young in 2012).
Aware of the contradiction between the cavalier attitude presented with her persona and music and the reality of her eating disorder, the Diva told TMZ:
"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder ... to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am."
Whether Dr Luke criticised the singer and likened her to a "f***ing refrigerator"actually happened or not, the one thing we know for sure is that Ke$ha has checked herself into a clinic for treatment of an eating disorder. The whole sorry affair highlights the pressure put on those in the industry to conform to a standard of beauty- something which must be infinitely harder for those not considered conventionally attractive- and the devastating effect this can have on a person, no matter how strong.
I'll sign off by wishing Ke$ha a speedy recovery, and leave you with this fitting tweet she made on the first of the new year:
cheers to this year being the best year ever. 2014 gon be the year of truth and freedom. 🐱🐱Thoughts?
— ke$ha (@keshasuxx) January 1, 2014