Ke$ha's mother attacks producer Dr Luke for criticising bulimic pop star's appearance
US singer is spending January in rehab to battle eating disorder
Earlier this year it was revealed that Ke$ha would be in rehab for a month as she battles bulimia. Posting a message to fans about her condition, the 'Tik Tok' singer claimed that she would be attempting "to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."
However, in a new interview with People, Pebe Sebert reveals her daughter had a "breakdown" shortly before Christmas following claims that producer Dr Luke had criticised her appearance. Sebert states that the producer "told a friend of ours he thought she looked like a refrigerator" in her latest music video.
Tackling the producer, who has also worked with Katy Perry and Jessie J, Severt continues: "Dr. Luke had been telling her how she had to get in shape and lose weight and all this stuff. 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."
Offered the chance to reply, Dr Luke has denied the claims. "These statements and allegations concerning Dr. Luke are completely false," a spokesperson for the producer says. "It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment center, her mother is taking this approach with the media. I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health."
Ke$ha is currently Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart with her track 'Timber', a collaboration with rapper Pitbull.