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Kesha Speaks at SXSW: 'By the Time I Entered Rehab, They Were Surprised I Hadn’t Had a Stroke'

Kesha Speaks at SXSW: 'By the Time I Entered Rehab, They Were Surprised I Hadn’t Had a Stroke'

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The pop star got personal during the festival's "Reclaiming the Internet" program.

After getting personal in a PSA during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Kesha took her personal struggles to SXSW during the "Reclaiming the Internet" program to further discuss the impact they had on her life and speak out against bullying.

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"I know some of them [my fans] struggle with depression," she told Refinery 29's Amy Emmerich. "I do reach out and I try to remind them that things pass. High school? I had a horrible time in high school. It passed. Everything passes. Everything is a part of the journey and nothing is permanent. Try not to hold onto one moment so much that you end your life over it."

The singer went on to reflect on her personal struggles with an eating disorder. "The only sense I can make in this life of going through something like that is to help other people," she said. "I'm not ashamed anymore."

She said not only was the problem very deeply rooted in her, but she almost died before she realized she needed help. "By the time I entered rehab they were surprised I hadn't had a stroke," she told the audience. "If anybody in this room or in the world is affected and I've helped you take one step closer to recover or at least knowing recovery is possible, then I'm happy I talked about it."

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