Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) - Kesha recently wrote an essay to talk about how cyber bullying affected her and how it contributed to her struggle with an eating disorder.
The singer vowed she will spend less time online due to the damaging effects that Internet trolls had on her health. Kesha opened up more about this for Teen Vogue's latest issue. She talked about the incident back in 2014 when she underwent rehab for two months to treat an eating disorder. After that, many body shamers criticized her size.
She wrote, "When I think about the kind of bullying I dealt with as a child and teen, it seems almost quaint compared with what goes on today. The amount of body-shaming and baseless slut-shaming online makes me sick. I know from personal experience how comments can mess up somebody's self-confidence and sense of self-worth. I have felt so unlovable after reading cruel words written by strangers who don't know a thing about me."
Kesha said that it became a cycle for her to compare herself to others. She continued to read more criticism against her and it fed her anxiety and depression. The singer noted that because she allowed others to dictate how she should look, her eating disorder made her believe that she was doing great because she was getting skinnier by the day.
Aside from the online trolls, Kesha said that her producer, Dr. Luke, whom she has been embroiled with a legal battle, has criticized her weight in the past. He also reportedly sexually assaulted and beat her in the past.
More on using social media, Kesha said that it helped her a lot since fans have been extending their support to her through the platforms. However, too much social media can aggravate her anxiety and depression.
She added on how she copes with what is happening to her life, "For me, some of the most therapeutic experiences include hiking up a mountain or riding a bike by the beach. Being among animals in their natural habitats reminds me that my problems are so small. Our lives are no more significant than the lives of any other animals. We're all just animals, after all!"
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