Mikey Way (ex-MCR) Reveals Battle with Addiction, Rehab Stint

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We will admit to being one of the first to joke about how all the member of My Chemical Romance have been able to transition to their own solo musical endeavors, but how we’re still waiting for former bassist Mikey Way to put out his new album.

Earlier in the year, Alternative Press had written that Way’s new project, electro-duo Electric Century was one of the year’s “most anticipated” groups, but that was at the beginning of the year. 2014 is quickly wrapping up and we still have no album or new songs since their first song was revealed at the beginning of the year.

Turns out, things were a lot more serious than what anyone thought. Today, Way acknowledged the repeated questions about EC’s new album, but due to personal demons, that was not happening anytime soon.

In the post, Way writes how he had been battling addiction for years and when MCR broke up, it got worse and even with a fresh slate in the form of a new band, things did not get better. Under a false pretense, Way was led to the recording studio to finish recording Electric Century’s debut album, only to come to the realization that it was an intervention for rehab.

Read the full statement below which also touches on the subject of touring, something Way says he is not completely interested in doing, at least not at the current moment.

“It’s been a minute since the last time we talked. There’s something I have needed to get off of my chest for quite some time – Because most of you have stuck by my side and supported me for over a decade now and you deserve the truth. The program is about brutal honesty, not only with your self but with others too.

I can’t tell you how many times I have opened Twitter or Instagram over the past 7 months to see someone asking about Electric Century and what is next for the band. I want you all to know why I went dark earlier this year and why I haven’t addressed any of your questions about the band up until this point.

In February of this year, I flew to the East Coast to finish up the EC record. Upon my arrival, I was told “you aren’t here to record” and I instantly knew what was going on. I was going to rehab. I felt an odd sense of comfort and thanked my friends for doing this for me. In the months prior I had come to realize that my addiction was far past me being able to beat it alone. In all honesty, at that point I was lucky to be alive. I have talked about sobriety in the past but frankly it was all just wishful thinking, I could talk with the best of them but now it’s time to do the real work or as they say in the program, “walk the walk”.

Physically entering the rehab facility was one of the most terrifying yet rewarding things I have ever done. Getting onstage and playing in front of tens of thousands of people used to be the most frightening thing for me, but getting the help I knew I needed made that look relaxing. During my 31 plus days of treatment, I learned a lot about myself and a lot about what I needed to do to never go back down that path I had been stumbling upon.

I had been self medicating for more than half my life. And as the band grew, so did the introduction of more drugs and more alcohol. Each time I thought I had hit rock bottom I really hadn’t seen the worst yet. When the band broke up, my using had intensified and I fell into total darkness. In the true form of an addict, I disconnected from everyone I knew and pushed away every one I loved. At that point in my life, I was not only lost but in complete self-destruction mode. In February, I was told I should never have woken up.

Electric Century started because I still had something I wanted to share with the world. I wanted it to be a special project that showed another side of me, and told a story I had wanted to tell for quite some time. During my stay in rehab, I was finally ready to admit something I hadn’t said out loud yet – Touring was just not something I was ready for or wanting to do. I was going along with everything up to that point because that is what I had always done. But, I no longer want to be that person, and I am trying to learn to say no and to put myself, and my mental health first. Will I ever tour with EC… maybe? Where I am in life right now, I want to continue to create and release music. For now, I am letting the chips fall where they may and I am hoping to get this music to all of you as soon as humanly possible.

You don’t really believe them when they warn you about the difficult road ahead. You think it will be easier than it really is. They were right. A few months ago, I was afraid to leave my apartment, afraid to drive my car- afraid of absolutely everything.

But now I can say it’s getting better every day and for the first time in my life I am saying that in all honesty. 8 months in I have more clarity than I have had in decades.

The only thing I am still working on getting past are the decisions I made when I wasn’t me. I still have to own up and take responsibility for these things. I lost friends and I lost time, but those closest to me have accepted my apologies are still by my side and that means so much to me. There are still friendships I am mending to this day, but that is all part of this new life I am creating for myself. You can’t un-ring the bell, but you can always learn to ring it better.

I learned through all of this that it’s okay to ask for help. So for all of you struggling – seek help. Tell someone close to you that you are struggling and allow the program to do it’s work. It saved my life and I am eternally grateful for that. You will be hearing much more from me and EC in the coming months, that I can promise you. Here is to the next chapter in my life and to taking things one day at a time…because that is all we really have.”

Kesha vs Dr. Luke: Round 2

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In a matter of hours, it looks like the legal battle between Kesha and her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, has heated up.

Now, in response to Kesha’s (real name Kesha Rose Sebert) lawsuit which accuses the producer of abusing the signer, the producer has fired back, filing his own lawsuit against Kesha, her mother Pebe, and Kesha’s management, Vector Management.

In the complaint filed at the New York Supreme Court, the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, claims that the original lawsuit stems from a denial to amend Kesha’s longstanding record deal. The agreement with Gottwald states that Kesha was contracted for “at least six recordings.” From her record earnings, Gottwald would then receive a “specific” percentage of the sales from the albums he produced.

Gottwald then claimed that there was an amendment done to the contract previously, but that it might have not been what Kesha desired.

“As part of the effort to get out of the Gottwald Recording Agreement, Kesha and Pebe have also orchestrated a campaign of publishing false and shocking accusations against Gottwald to extort Plaintiffs into letting Kesha out of the Gottwald Recording Agreement” the complaint states.

As stated before, the counter-sue may not take aim directly at the legal papers filed by Kesha on Monday, but rather the steps that led to the the actual filing. Allegedly, Kesha’s mother, Pebe, wrote a letter last October that claimed abuse and threatened to send it to a blogger for publication.

Though Gottwald’s claim does not go into specifics about what it was, it does say that Kesha and her mother published statements about abuse that they admitted, themselves, were false.

Gottwald is now suing for defamation and breach of contract against Kesha and her mother. As for Vector Management, who were hired by the signer in 2013, he claims they are trying to get a bigger share of her record profits.

“It’s despicable thing of  what he is doing,” Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos responded.

“It reminds me of Ray Rice threatening to sue his wife for ruining his career. [Dr. Luke] thinks that he has got more money than he knows what to do, he can do whatever he wants. Our complaint is accurate and supported by evidence and witnesses.”

Both the singer and the producer agree that this all began in 2005 when he signed her, but after that everything differs. Kesha claims that it began a one-sided relationship which resulted in abuse, rape, and manipulation. The producer, on the other hand, claims that he took a nobody and made her a platinum-selling somebody.

Kesha Files Abuse Lawsuit Against Longtime Producer

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It’s going down and it looks like Dr. Luke will be the one yelling timber.

Months after leaving a rehabilitation center for an eating disorder, Kesha (real name Kesha Rose Sebert) has filed a lawsuit against longtime producer, Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) and according to recently filed documents, it appears that there was no harmony between the two.

The Rising Star judge is claiming that over the course of ten years, the super-producer was abusive to her, physically, mentally and emotionally.

In the lawsuit documents, obtained by TMZ, Kesha alleges that Dr. Luke began abusing her after signing to his record label, Kemosabe, when she was 18 years old. From there, she says that she was forced to use drugs and alcohol while experiencing several sexual advances from him.

In the documents, Kesha chronicles several times that she has been abuse by Dr. Luke was also asking the judge to let her out of her contract with him.

Several examples of abuse includes one time in which the singer says she was “made to snort something” before getting on a plane. Later on, Dr. Luke forced himself on her. There was an other instance reported that the producer slipped her some “sober pills” and when she woke, she was in his bed with no recollection of how she got there.

“This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke,” Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told TMZ.

“The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time.”

During the pop star’s stint in rehab, it was revealed that part of the reason she had checked herself in had to do with Dr. Luke and all the insults about her looks and her weight. In one instance, Kesha says the producer called her a “fucking refrigerator” and urged her to lose a lot of weight while during some tour downtime.

At the time, Dr. Luke had said that the claims were “completely false.”

This isn’t the first time some problems had been brewing between the two. Last October, fans of the “Warrior” has started a petition for her to be let out of her contract saying that the producer was forcing her to sing “recycled” crap.

Ke$ha Leaves Rehab; Starts Fresh

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In case you haven’t already heard, Ke$ha checked out of rehab late last week and it looks like it might be the start of something new.

At the beginning of January, the pop star checked into a rehab facility in Chicago to help her with an eating disorder that had plagued her. At the time, she was only supposed to be in the facility for one month, but decided to stick around for an extra month, just in case.

Upon checking out of the center, she took to Twitter to change her handle from @Keshasuxx to @KeshaRose, cutting all ties to the dollar sign, probably a statement on starting all over again with a fresh mind.

“Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music🐱,” the pop singer tweeted on Wednesday night, breaking the silence on her social media account, though close friends took to it last month to reveal that she was doing great in rehab.  “I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me❤️️”

“Life is beautiful,” she added. “I’m so blessed to have u all.”

The “Timber” singer originally checked into the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center on January 3 to help treat her ongoing issue with Bulimia as well as to help her “learn to love herself again.”

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” she released in a statement right before going into isolation. “I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”

It’s good to have her back and like the sweater she wore when she left the facility said, she’s indeed a survivor.

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Selena Gomez and the Two Week Secret Rehab Stint

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Selena Gomez seems to be the only child star to be making the leap to adult star without any major issues, but looks can be deceiving apparently.

Today, Gomez’s publicist revealed that the former Disney darling had checked herself into rehab for two weeks last month. According to her publicist, she did not check into the facility for substance abuse, like most media outlets would assume was the route cause.

Instead, they said that the singer checked in voluntarily for some “peace and therapy.” Gomez checked into The Meadows in Arizona for two weeks for treatment in their DAWN program. The DAWN program is targeted towards 18 to 26-year-olds for substance dependence, trauma, family dynamics, mental health and relapse prevention.

But while the publicist is singing this tune, TMZ is reporting just what everyone would assume lead to this decision, drugs.

Sources say Selena went into the facility for a combination of problems, including alcohol, pot and prescription Ambien. The source also claims that she’s addicted to Justin Bieber, why, we don’t want to know.

The secret rehab stint follows her announcement in December that she was canceling the Australian leg of her tour to take some time off. At the time, rumors were claiming that she had a drug addiction and was heading into rehab, or that she was fighting lupus, like we had written up, but Gomez just said she needed some time off.

This isn’t the first time she had gone into a rehab facility. When best friend Demi Lovato was in rehab, Gomez stayed with her during the hard times.

No matter what, she seems to be dong fine since just last week, she tweeted a picture of herself in the studio with the caption reading, “Therapy.”

Ke$ha Updates Fans From Rehab

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When Ke$ha had revealed that she was going into rehab, fans of the pop star were concerned and a little surprise by the news that came out of nowhere at the beginning of the month.

A close friend of the pop star’s took to her official Twitter to thanks fans on behalf of Ke$ha, who is currently at the rehab facility voided of all types of internet access. On the social media page, the friend wrote the following to her 3.53 million followers.

“This is Kesha’s friend. She asked me to tweet an update for her because she doesn’t have access to twitter right now. she says “THANK YOU. SOOO MUCH. I’m overwhelmed to tears by all of the love, letters, and support!! I’ll be back soon and better than ever. ohhh and she can’t believe Timber is still number one! “Fck YEAH animals! PARTY ON!!!!”

Pepe Sebert, the singer’s mother revealed that the tipping point in her daughter’s eating disorder was when her longtime producer, Dr. Luke allegedly called her a “fucking refrigerator” and urged her to lose a lot of weight following sometime off from tour.

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder… to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” Ke$ha said in a statement after being admitted to Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Following her daughter’s check into the Knolls Treatment Center, Pepe Sebert, Ke$ha’s mother, followed in suit and admitted herself into the same facility for post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Ke$ha Checks into Rehab for Eating Disorder

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From “Timber” to time-out?

It has been confirmed thatKe$ha has been checked into to a rehabilitation facility due to an eating disorder. Sources close to the pop star say that she is currently at Timberline Knolls near Chicago, the same place Demi Lovato checked into for a year when she was in the midst of battling her own personal issues.

“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder … to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am,” the 26-year-old singer shared with TMZ about her decision to check herself into the center.

Friends of the star say that the tipping point was around Thanksgiving when they started to notice her smaller figure during the holiday season. They all spoke with her about it and that’s when it all came out. Those friends reportedly told TMZ that the star blamed longtime producer, Dr. Luke for her eating disorder.

According to them, following her “Get Sleazy” Tour, the producer kept harping her about the weight she had gained during her downtime from the studio and tour. He began to call her fat and urged her management team to do something about it. Those friends say that things started to get worse during a music video shoot where the producer said the singer “looks like a f***ing refrigerator.”

Here’s to hoping that she gets better fast because who doesn’t love our favorite garbage-bag-wearing, glitter-throwing party girl.

Eminem Revealas Addiction to Pills

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With names like Relapse and Recovery for albums titles, it was only evident that rapper, Eminem was suffering from some kind of addiction, but for what was the question.

In a documentary that will be released later this month titled, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, the rapper opens up and gets candid about his addiction to Vicodin. In it, he also reveals about the night he almost died and still did not stop doing drugs; he just continued on his Vicodin rampage.

“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he said. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything.”

But even though, that could have been the rock-bottom moment for him, the rapper still continued to do drugs. “My bottom was going to be death, and within a month I had relapsed and shot right back up to the same amount of drugs I was taking” he explains about his relapse.

He also reveals that he had come up with several ways to justify his drug addiction by saying that he was not “out there shooting heroin” nor was he “putting coke up my nose.” “You’re struggling with the argument of ‘Do you have a problem, or do you not have a problem? Can you control or can you not? And I literally thought I could control it” he admits about the deciding factor in his addiction.

He explains that he fell into his addiction because he was just taking whatever people were giving to him which led him down that dangerous path.

“They look like a pill, and they’re shaped like something you would take, so you take. Xanax, Valium …all in the same family. F*** it, take it,” he explains.

Eventually, Slim Shady did hit rock-bottom and went into rehab to take care of his addiction. “Coming off of everything, I literally was up for three weeks straight,” he says. “I had to regain motor skills. I to regain talking skills.”

And if there’s anything that he will tell those that have suffered a similar fates him he says the following, “So I would say to anybody that it does get better. You know, it just does.”

How To Make Money Selling Drugs is set to be released in theaters, today. 

Cory Monteith Voluntarily Checks into Rehab

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In what could be the most “out of nowhere” news to come out of the weekend, Glee star, Cory Monteith, has entered a rehab facility.

According to a press release given by his publicist to People Magazine, he has “voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”

Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend and fellow cast mate went on to release a statement after the news hit. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision,” she told People Magazine as well.

Following the line of statements about the actor’s voluntarily check-in was the show that made him a household name. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return,” the show released in a statement.

This is not Monteith’s first time dealing with drug issues and going into rehab. In an interview in 2011, the star admitted that he had serious drug problem before which led to an intervention with friends and family and rehab at age 19.