The One Detail About Kesha’s “Rainbow” Song That Will Break Your Heart The Most

Despite the uplifting title of Rainbow, the darkness that brought about Kesha’s new sound is palpable not only in the title, but throughout the songs. Perhaps that’s the most obvious on Kesha’s title song “Rainbow.”

There’s an optimistic whimsy about it, but you may also find yourself almost inexplicably tearing up while you listen. And there is actually a very good reason for the title track song bringing up raw emotions, since Kesha has been open about the fact that she wrote “Rainbow” while in rehabilitation for an eating disorder.

In an interview with The New York Times magazine in fall of 2016, Kesha explained how she wrote “Rainbow” in 2014 while at a treatment center that specializes in eating disorders, which she checked herself into. When she first entered rehab, she had not made her allegations against Dr. Luke known, but afterward, Kesha sued her music producer for years of sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. She also claimed that her eating disorder was caused by this alleged abuse, which is something that she wrote about in letters to fanswhile she was in treatment. (Dr. Luke, aka Lukasz Gottwald, denied any wrongdoing and countersued for defamation.)

 

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