Ke$ha’s mom is furious with rumors that her daughter went to rehab for alcoholism, insisting Ke$ha is suffering from bulimia — not alcohol or drug addiction.
“That’s a total lie,” said Pebe Sebert told Celebuzz. “The place she’s at is an eating-disorder center."
Sebert, a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, admits that Ke$ha does drink occasionally, but denied she's an alcoholic, saying her own problems with booze and drugs deterred Ke$ha from becoming an addict.
“She might have a few drinks here and there, but she doesn’t have a drinking problem," said Sebert.
Ke$ha, 26, made headlines after revealing she had entered a 30-day rehab facility on Jan. 3 to treat her bulimia.
Ke$ha reportedly told friends that her eating disorder was caused by her music producer, Lukasz Sebastian "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who had repeatedly called her a fat "f**king refrigerator."
Sebert admitted that Dr. Luke's fat-shaming comments drove Ke$ha to diet drastically, lose a dramatic amount of weight and fueled her bulimia. Dr. Luke vehemently denied that Kesha's bulimia was caused by his weight bullying.
“Three months after she signed with him she had been dieting and [Dr. Luke] told her she wasn’t in shape enough,” said Sebert
Kesha was dieting and she became bulimic. I remember over a period of a few months she got really skinny and she said she was running Runyon Canyon and just eating well.
The truth is she was throwing up. I didn’t know until much later because she said she would quit. It’s gotten worse recently because after the ‘refrigerator’ comment, which was about a year ago.”
Sebert, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, said her daughter used to accompany her to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as a child, and those experiences deterred her from becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs herself.
“Kesha's been going with me to AA meetings since she was just over a year old," said Sebert. "She’d never touch cocaine because that was one of my vices. She’s always said she never wanted to do the same thing I did.”
Sebert said Ke$ha (whose real name is Kesha Sebert) is doing well but could be in rehab for longer than 30 days. “She may not get out that soon," said Sebert.
Sebert added that Kesha eventually wants to use her bulimia as a platform to educate her fans about the dangers of eating disorders. “She wants to be a voice for this," said Sebert.
Update: On Jan. 11, Sebert announced that she has checked into rehab for post-traumatic stress. She will stay at the same facility with her daughter.