Kesha: ‘I’m not a size, I’m not a number… and quite frankly, I like my junk’

Cosmopolitan June 2018 Cover

Kesha covers the June issue of Cosmopolitan to promote her album, Rainbow. Rainbow actually came out last year, so I guess she’s still talking about it… and probably promoting the tour as well. She’s going on tour with Macklemore, which seems like a weird pairing, but it will probably be fine. Kesha is, at this point, somewhat free from Dr. Luke. I actually don’t know how everything has panned out, and I feel like she’s still tied to him financially, especially with regards to her back catalogue of music. But she’s able to record new music, tour and work with anyone she wants to work with, which is the freedom she wanted. Kesha doesn’t really get into details in this Cosmo cover profile, but she does sound like she’s in a better place:

On her initial rise to fame in 2009: “I thought I had to be very tough and really strong and portray that I didn’t give a f**k, and that just was not the case. I was pretending like everything was great all the time.”

On overcoming body issues: “The final straw was when I was with my mom at a family dinner party and I was so anxious. Driving home, I had to pull over, and I was like, I can’t keep this secret anymore. It was scary, but I finally put my foot down and chose life. That was a huge turning point. I’m not a size. I’m not a number. I am a strong, badass, motherf**king woman, and quite frankly, I like my junk. Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be able to say that.”

On her latest album, Rainbow—the first she’s released since the start of her multiyear legal battle with her former producer “Dr. Luke” who she has accused of emotional and sexual abuse: “I would write, and pain would turn into art, and the art would turn into healing, and the heal­ing turned into a record. And then I was nominated for a Grammy!”

On her upcoming 30-city Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore tour: “I’ve taken ownership of myself. I’m taking control of my life and my name and the music it’s attached to. I’m not, like, a sad sap now. There are a couple of ballads, but my show is still extremely fun. I’m not going to be less crazy. There’s an awesome band, and there’s dancing and glitter. That’s a promise I will keep—there will always be glitter.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

She was Grammy-nominated for “Praying,” which in my humble opinion was one of the best songs of 2017. It was so good that I was listening to it at the gym once and I burst into tears. And the Recording Academy didn’t give her the Grammy for “Praying.” They gave it to Ed Sheeran’s rip-off of TLC. It was some dumb bullsh-t. Otherwise, everything sounds pretty good for Kesha: she wants to lighten up after years of sadness and try to glitter her way into a good mood. Sure, let’s try that!

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Photos courtesy of Jason Kim for Cosmopolitan, sent from Cosmo’s promotional email.

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  1. equalitygadfly says:

    Great to read she’s doing well! Have always had a soft spot for Kesha. Her version of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” is amazing and raw.

    • Lexter says:

      Listen to her album on Spotify – its really good! There is a great blend of musical styles… some of the songs have a real country vibe which suits her voice so well.

      Everyone go listen to Woman. It’s like a present day Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child but angrier and more powerful. It’s a major banger and a fantastic ‘work out’ song. Gives me a spring in my step and makes me want to shout the lyrics out loud. Great work kesha!!!

  2. Cheeky Squirrel says:

    Praying is such a powerful song. Gives me chills everytime I hear it. Glad she’s been able to persist and shine despite the sh-t storm thrown at her.

  3. Lotusgoat says:

    She released a song with Macklemore. Good old days, I think?

    I do love Kesha. Hope she keeps getting more music out there.

  4. Cara says:

    I have to say, I was never a big fan before, but now….I’m on board!!! I have lived through abuse of my own and the songs on her Rainbow album are very healing for me as well. I commend her for taking control of her life and learning to love herself again. I have been there, done that and it’s no small battle.
    I hope her continued success.

    • Faulkner says:

      Hugs 4 u, Cara. Stand in peace and power.

    • Kit says:

      How good is that whole record? Not a bad song on it. I listen to it running, in the car, with my kids (with some creative censoring). It has helped and is helping me deal with the ongoing effects of being unwillingly tied to some truly despicable excuses for human beings. Says all the things you wish you could say. But catchier! It’s so fun. I love her.

  5. Eleonor says:

    Go girl!

  6. Faulkner says:

    Kesha collaborated with Macklemore on Good Old Days last year. Praying is truly soul inspired as is all of Rainbow.

  7. Merritt says:

    Rainbow is a powerful album. I’m glad she’s healing and able to do what she loves. Dr. Luke belongs in prison.

  8. Valerie says:

    I watched her on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend. Her eyes were so glazed over and there was a long pause between the questions and her answers. :( I see the same look in that picture. I hope she’s doing okay. I like her.

  9. phatypopo says:

    “There will always be glitter” – CHILLS.

  10. No Doubtful says:

    She definitely deserved that Grammy! Just another reason why the Grammys are so outdated….

  11. Lilith says:

    I love Kesha and I am rooting for her 100%
    Get it gurl!