Kesha opened up about her eating disorder as she accepted the Trailblazer Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony on Friday (12.09.16).
The singer became emotional as she spoke about her struggles and vowed to use her profile to help others overcome their own issues.
She said: "If I’m lucky enough to have a voice someone will listen to, then I should use it for good, for truth. It is why I have recently spoken openly about some of my struggles including my crippling anxiety and beginning recovery for an eating disorder amongst many other things. I know I’m not alone. These are struggles millions of people around the world deal with on a daily basis.
"The irony of it is, when I was very, very sick and getting sicker, I would hear about how much better and better I was looking, and that is a problem. I’ve decided I want to be part of the solution. And that’s why I decided to stand confident in my ever-changing, totally imperfect body and try to live up to and practice the self-worth and self-love that I preach in my music.
"Finding the strength to come forward about these things, it’s not easy, but maybe by me standing here telling my story, I can help somebody else who’s going through something tough. I know it’s scary, but once you take the first steps to help yourself, your life will completely change in the best ways."
Kesha also referenced her ongoing battle with producer Dr Luke, who she has accused of sexually assaulting her. He has denied the claims.
She said: "Life is hard sometimes and things don’t always work out the way you planned it. But if you keep on believing and you keep working hard, and you keep fighting and you keep showing up for yourself, you can move mountains. Sometimes your journey will take unexpected turns, but that’s the beauty of life … Get up and show up for yourself and don’t let anyone stop you, and most importantly, do not let anyone else ever take your happiness. You are worth it. And thank you for reminding me, I’m worth it too."