This April 14, 2013 file photo shows singer Ke$ha at the MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif. Ke$ha's show, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” debuted Tuesday, April 23, on MTV. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)
(USA TODAY) -- Pop singer Ke$ha, who checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this month, was the victim of a serious weight struggle.
Her mom, Pebe Sebert, who has entered the same facility as her daughter, is shedding more light on her daughter's situation.
watched my beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and
ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died,"
Sebert tells People.
"The doctors told me her blood pressure and sodium levels were so low,
they'd never seen it that low except with someone who'd had a heart
attack or stroke. They said it was a miracle she hadn't already dropped
dead on stage."
According to her mom, Ke$ha, 26, had been battling
body issues since middle school, but they have gotten worse since she
signed with longtime producer Dr. Luke and former manager David Sonenberg, when she was just 18.
time on a conference call, Sonenberg was screaming, 'You need to lose
weight! I don't care what you do ... take drugs, not eat, stick your
finger down your throat!' " Sebert tells People. "Ke$ha was just weeping. She drove around afterward thinking about killing herself."
Dr. Luke and Sonenberg have denied the allegations.
also details Ke$ha's bulimia habits, saying she "could throw up really
quickly and quietly" even in public restrooms. "She'd even take a bag in
there so no one could see her bent over the toilet. She was really
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