Kesha covers the June 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine photographed by Jason Kim and styled by Kristen Saladino.
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.”
For more of Kesha, pick up the June 2018 issue on newsstands May 8th.
Cover: Dress by Pinko | Jacket by Rebecca Minkoff | Bracelet by Joanna Laura Constantine | Ring (ring finger) by Child of Wild | Ring (middle finger) by Pascale Monvoisin
Image: Top by RIXO London | Bracelet (left arm) by Joanna Laura Constantine | Bracelets (right arm) and Necklace by Vanessa Mooney | Ring (left) by Eriness | Ring (right) by Child of Wild
[Photo Credit: Jason Kim/Cosmopolitan Magazine]