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Ke$ha's mom speaks out: Kesha almost died from anorexia and bulimia

Kesha's mom said Kesha almost died from bulimia and anorexia.
Kesha's mom said Kesha almost died from bulimia and anorexia.
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Ke$ha's mom Pebe Sebert said Kesha nearly died from starvation stemming from her anorexia and bulimia.

“[The doctors] told me her blood pressure and sodium were so low they’d never seen that, except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke,” Sebert told People. “They said it was a miracle she hadn’t dropped dead on stage.”

Ke$ha entered rehab on Jan. 3 to treat her longtime bulimia and anorexia. Her mom, singer/songwriter Pebe Sebert, said her daughter nearly died of starvation after desperately trying to lose weight.

Sebert said Kesha, 26, has been suffering from anorexia and bulimia for several years, but kept it a secret until recently.

"She had a breakdown," said Sebert. "She called me from the gas station and admitted how much she'd been throwing up. I just said, 'OK,' and called some [treatment] centers. Ke$ha agreed to talk to them, liked what they said, and basically cried until we got her there."

Ke$ha reportedly told friends that her eating disorder was caused by her music producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who had repeatedly called her a fat "f**king refrigerator."

Sebert said Dr. Luke's fat-shaming fueled Kesha's extreme starvation diets and dramatic weight loss, which fed into her anorexia and bulimia. But Dr. Luke has vehemently denied that Kesha's eating disorders were caused by his weight bullying.

Meanwhile, Sebert slammed rumors that Kesha is being treated for drug and alcohol addiction. Sebert, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, said her daughter was actually afraid to drink alcohol because she didn't want to consume extra calories.

"Kesha barely even drinks anymore," said Sebert. "The more serious the eating disorder got, the more she didn't drink because it was empty calories she didn't want."

Sebert recently joined her daughter in rehab to treat her post-traumatic stress syndrome. Sebert and Kesha are both being treated at Timberline Knolls outside of Chicago. It's the same clinic where Demi Lovato was treated for anorexia and bulimia. Lovato detailed her recovery in her book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.

Update: Ke$ha's bulimia rehab is going well: 'I'll be back soon and better than ever'