Pop star Ke$ha is currently in rehab seeking treatment for an eating disorder, and her mother claims it is Ke$ha's advisers who are to blame for the singer's body-image issues.
Pebe Sebert tells People magazine that the 26-year-old "Timber" singer was criticized by her advisers, including producer Dr. Luke, who made disparaging comments about her body, eventually leading to her "breakdown."
"Right before Christmas she had a breakdown, and called me from the gas station after she'd thrown up everything, and admitted how much she'd been doing it," recalled Sebert to People.
"Dr. Luke had been telling her how she had to get in shape and lose weight and all this stuff," Sebert said to the magazine. "She was exercising and dieting and ultimately doing everything she could, but not getting thin fast enough, and that's when she first became bulimic."
Ke$ha's mother told People that it was one comment in particular that deeply affected the singer: "Dr. Luke told a friend of ours he thought she looked like a refrigerator on her latest video, and could she please try to control her weight."
She said to the magazine, "After she went on a 14-day juice cleanse, he said, 'Thank God you finally got rid of the weight! We've all been talking about it!' So she felt like she couldn't trust anyone."
The singer entered a 30-day rehab program in early January to seek treatment for an eating disorder, and released the following statement: "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."