Ke$ha retracts her comments about being ‘forced’ to sing ‘Die Young’

The song was pulled from radio after the Newtown school shooting last week

Ke$ha has retracted her comments about being ‘forced’ to sing the lyrics to her single, ‘Die Young’.

In light of last week’s primary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – in which 26 were killed, including 20 children – the popstar’s song was pulled from a number of radio stations because of its lyrical content, suffering a 19% drop in airplay.

Ke$ha then tweeted: “I understand. I had my very own issue with ‘Die Young’ for this reason… I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”

However, she has now released a statement via her website, at, in which she says that “forced is not the right word.” She wrote:

After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to ‘Die Young’. Forced is not the right word.

She added: “I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘die young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”