01/20/2014 10:29 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Ke$ha's Mother Opens Up About Her Daughter's Eating Disorder, Says The Singer Nearly Died

It has been less than a month since pop star Ke$ha took fans by surprise and checked herself into rehab for an eating disorder. A week later, her mother, Pebe Sebert, checked into rehab herself for "post-traumatic stress disorder." Now, Sebert has opened up to People magazine about her daughter's painful journey.

"I've watched my beautiful, self-confident, brilliant daughter be berated and ridiculed for her looks and weight to the point that she almost died," Sebert told People. "One time on a conference call, [Ke$ha's former manager, David Sonenberg] was screaming, 'You need to lose weight! I don't care what you do ... take drugs, not eat, stick your finger down your throat!'"

Upon checking herself into the 30-day treatment, the 26-year-old "Tik Tok" singer said: "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice." Her mother now adds that "[Ke$ha] doesn't care if she ever makes a record again. She just wants to be healthy and happy."

For more with Pebe Sebert and the reactions of Ke$ha's former management whom she blames for the singer's disorder, head over to People.com.


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