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Ke$ha's mom says her daughter is in rehab for eating disorder bulimia

The "Timber" singer Ke$ha's mom says her daughter's trip to rehab is not for substance abuse but it has to do with an eating disorder.

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On Thursday, Us Weekly reports the 26-year-old's mother, Pebe Sebert, says her daughter is not an alcoholic, "That's a total lie," Sebert told Celebuzz, "The place she's at is an eating disorder center. When they say 'people close to her' I will tell you I travel with her everywhere, her little brother, her assistant, makeup artist, talk to anyone. She might have a few drinks here and there. But she doesn't have a drinking problem."

Ke$ha told Us Weekly on Janurary 3 that she was checking into rehab. "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."

Her mother says Ke$ha suffered from body image problems at the age of 18. "She was dieting and she became bulimic," she revealed.

MayoClinic.com says, Bulimia can be categorized in two ways:

1) Purging bulimia. You regularly self-induce vomiting or misuse laxatives, diuretics or enemas after bingeing.
2) Nonpurging bulimia. You use other methods to rid yourself of calories and prevent weight gain, such as fasting, strict dieting or excessive exercise.

Katie Couric recently revealed her struggles with bulimia.