After spending the last two months in rehab, Kesha has been released to begin her new, healthier life. The singer emerged from treatment with new hair, a new name, and a self-professed new outlook on life.
In a picture taken Thursday as Kesha arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport, the singer sports new rainbow-colored tresses and a sweatshirt reading “Ima Survivor.” The hair is not the only public change Kesha has made – she dropped the @keshasuxx moniker from her Twitter account, changing it to @KeshaRose. Her Twitter bio shows that her name is Kesha, where previously she had used Ke$ha, perhaps to reflect a new, less materialistic outlook on life. The rep for the singer of the songs “Timber” and “Tik Tok” has confirmed to E! News that the name change is real.
Before arriving at the airport on Thursday, Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, tweeted her first post since January 22. The tweet was a photo of a red-haired woman seated on a plane and looking out of the window. The tattoo on the wrist of the woman in the photo identifies her as Kesha. Her Twitter account has been used only infrequently since she entered rehab, but one of her posts from her time in the center described the work she was doing as “really hard and necessary.”
Kesha originally entered the Timberline Knolls rehab facility outside of Chicago in January for a planned 30-day course of treatment for an eating disorder. Timberline Knolls is the same facility at which Demi Lovato stayed before emerging to a new life. Following her doctor’s advice, Kesha prolonged her stay in February, which forced her to cancel tour appearances in March and April. E! News reports that family and friends of Kesha were taken by surprise when she returned, as they had previously had no expectation on when she might be done with her inpatient treatment.
Pebe Sebert, Kesha’s mother, has accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke, a mentor of Kesha for a long time, of being a partial cause of Kesha’s eating disorder. Gottwald denies the accusations. People reported that Sebert had also admitted herself into Timberline Knolls after experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder during her daughter’s absence. Sebert claimed that Kesha had requested that they both heal themselves together.
Kesha was signed to Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, in 2005 when she was 18 years old. Her breakthrough as a pop star occurred in 2009 with her appearance on Flo Rida’s hit single, “Right Round.” She released her first album, Animal, in 2010. Her music and persona have been described as irreverent, a quality that helped her find commercial success immediately. She also writes songs for other artists and considers herself to be a songwriter first and foremost.
During her stay at Timberline Knolls, Kesha’s single with Pitbull, an artist with which she had previously toured, reached the number one position on the Hot 100 chart. Kesha has said that she is now working on “tons of new music,” suggesting that a new album to follow her 2012 album “Warrior” is underway.
By Jennifer Pfalz