After a four-year hiatus, Kesha returns stronger than ever with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow.
She's responsible for catchy tunes, such as Tik Tok, one the of the best-selling digital singles in history, but her road to success has been anything but easy.
Born Kesha Rose Sebert, the 30-year-old songstress kicked off her music career in 2005 at the age of 18 when she was signed to producer Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Records. In 2013, she was in a legal dispute with her former producer due to alleged physical and emotional abuse.
Despite the ups and downs in her career, Kesha stayed strong, positive, and made a killer comeback with her 2017 album, which includes the empowering lead single, Praying.
In promo of her new production, Kesha penned an open letter to her 18-year-old self. It's so real that it will probably make you ugly cry.
In the heartfelt note that lives on CBS News, she shared good and bad news.
She kicked off with the good news: "You made it! And thank God because the best plan B we ever came up with was waitressing and we will soon find out that is not really our forte," she wrote.
She then opened up about the turmoils along the way.
"The bad news is, you nearly killed yourself on the road to success, fueled by fear of failure, crippling anxiety, and insecurity. You will become severely bulimic and anorexic and the worse your disease gets, the more praise you will get from some people in your industry. And this will really, really mess with your head. But when you're trying to live up to an unrealistic expectation, it's never going to be good enough. No matter what you do."
She also warned young Kesha about social media and online bullying.
"Right now, you're killing it on Myspace, but beware because the internet will get way less innocent real fast. Just save yourself some anxiety and a few years worth of therapy and just skip the comment section. Skip it all together. It's a breeding ground for negativity and hate. And don't let people scare and shame you into changing the things about yourself that make you unique and interesting."
Going back to her new release, she told herself that she would one day write a song called Rainbow and it will make her really proud.
"You're going to write this song so you remember to make it through. You're going to remind yourself to love yourself and if you have truth in your heart, there will always be a rainbow at the end of the storm."
You can read the entire letter, here.
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