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