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Kesha Opens Up On Eating Disorders And Cyberbullying

Recording artists Kesha arrives to the premiere of "Planes: Fire & Rescue" at the El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles

While social media can be a forum for trolling and bullying, many have also found it to be a positive forum to post their emotional troubles and look for support from others. It’s certainly been a hard balance for pop star Kesha, who feels that much of what has been written about her on social media drove her depression and anxiety, and helped fuel her eating disorder as well.

Now Kesha has written a personal essay for Teen Vogue, where she blasts internet trolling. She’s especially disgusted that the cyber world has taken bullying to another level, saying it makes the bullying she suffered when she was younger “almost quaint” compared with what goes on today.

“The amount of body-shaming and baseless slut-shaming online makes me sick,” she writes. “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.”

She also felt that social media was a catalyst to her eating disorder, which she went to rehab for in 2014.

“The sick irony was that when I was at some of my lowest points in my life, I kept hearing how much better I looked,” she writes. “I knew I was destroying my body with my eating disorder, but the message I was getting was that I was doing great.”

Yet now Kesha says she’s “changed my relationship with social media. I love it because it’s how I communicate with my fans—and nothing means more to me than my fans—but too much of it can exacerbate my anxiety and depression.”

Like other celebrities, Kesha has “made a pledge to take more breaks from social media and screens,” and the most important lesson she’s learned is “taking the time to work on yourself requires bravery. Trying to change your life based on other people’s thoughts can drive you crazy.”

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