Kesha Talks Reclaiming Her Voice After Lawsuit: ‘You Don’t Have to Be Defined by Your Past’
Kesha is reclaiming her voice.
The pop star roared onto the scene 10 years ago, infamously rap-singing about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s on her braggadocios breakout hit “TiK ToK.” Tapping into the millennial zeitgeist, she earned a reputation as a wild child, unleashing a string of you-only-live-once party anthems, from “Your Love Is My Drug” to “Blow.”
But the party came to a record-scratching halt in 2014 when the star entered rehab for an eating disorder and sued her producer and record label executive Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, 46, alleging he drugged and raped her and emotionally abused her for a decade. (Luke denies the allegations and has countersued for defamation and breach of contract.)
Their bitter lawsuit culminated in a dramatic 2016 hearing in a New York City courthouse, where Kesha broke down in sobs as a judge dismissed her request to be released from her contract with Luke; the judge later went on to dismiss Kesha’s claims, and she remains contractually tied to the producer, whose lawsuit is ongoing.
But the turmoil of the past few years is finally in her rear view.
“You can go through s— and come out the other side swinging,” Kesha, 32, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. “I want people to know that you don’t have to be defined by your past or be a prisoner of something that you had to go through — you are allowed to find happiness.”
And so she has.
Kesha made a triumphant return with her 2017 album Rainbow, which earned two Grammy nominations. And now the singer — who is launching her Kesha Rose Beauty makeup line on Nov. 29 — will return to her fun-loving roots with her fourth LP, High Road, due out Jan. 10…….read more