Ke$ha Talks Bullying, Laughing at Herself & Haters to ‘Seventeen’

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Prior to today, the latest news on Ke$ha hasn’t been the greatest. Her single, “Die Young,” has been dropping from radio rotation following the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After that, she tweeted that she was “forced” to sing some of the lyrics, causing more controversy. And after that she backpedaled, writing on her website that “forced” wasn’t the right word. But it’s a new year, which means new beginnings. So it helps that the singer’s Seventeen magazine’s newest cover girl. In her spread, she talks bullying, laughing at herself, plus she has a special message for the haters…

Ke$ha (Kesha), Seventeen Magazine February 2013 Cover

In regards to bullying, Ke$ha says, “I’m all about standing up to gay/lesbian/transgender bullying, but it’s also about my little brother. He’s 13 and he gets made fun of because he has a stutter. I just have zero tolerance for people making fun of others.”

If you’re getting teased, you can follow Ke$ha’s method of fighting back: “I’m very much into making fun of myself because other people do it so you have to be able to laugh at yourself. The sooner you can laugh at yourself, the easier your life will be.”

Are you listening, haters? This one’s for you: “I used [negative comments] to motivate me then, and I still do. I remember every person who told me I couldn’t do something or that I was ugly or too fat. I have a “s*** list” — people from my past who have been soulless and judgmental. Even after I got through my awkward phase, got my braces off, and figured out how to dress my body, people in the music business were like, ‘You’re never going to make it.’ I see them now and I’m like, ‘Ha!’ That’s one of the reasons I named my record Warrior. You can be a victim and let that eat your soul, or you can say, ‘You’re going on my list and I’m going to prove you wrong!’”

For more on Ke$ha’s interview, go to Seventeen.com and pick up the February issue of Seventeen, on newsstands January 8th.

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