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Kesha on her rehab stay: My message is to love who you are

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Kesha learned a lot about herself in rehab and she is hoping to share her positive thoughts with others.

Kesha surprised everyone by checking into a rehab program earlier this year. In the new issue of Teen Vogue, she is opening up to dispel any rumors out there about her condition and why she was there.

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"Let's just get the elephant out of the room. My eating disorder is something I've been struggling with for a while," she explained, according to E! News. "People will make up stories, but I went to rehab for an eating disorder — nothing more and nothing less. I decided to face my problem head-on."

The singer has been looking gorgeous and healthy since checking out of the center and she has a new positive attitude on life. She even changed her name (by removing her signature "$") and Twitter handle.

"My whole message is to love who you are and accept all your beautiful imperfections," she said. "When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it. I felt I needed to get help, not only for myself but also for my fans. My worst fear in life is to be fake."

Kesha's mom checked into the center with her as support, but the Rising Star judge said working in the entertainment industry was what caused her issues with her body image. She explained, "It really messed with my head, and I realized I couldn't do it by myself. The decision to take control of it is the scariest thing I've ever done, and this is coming from someone who dives with sharks and jumps out of airplanes for fun."

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Her time in rehab had more than just a positive influence on herself, it also made an impact on her music. The singer said she wrote 14 new songs during the two months in rehab.

"The whole process has made me so much stronger and ready to take my life by the horns and make a record that I'm going to be proud of and not care what anybody else thinks!"

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