Following the resolution of a prolonged legal conflict with record producer and label owner Dr. Luke, Kesha is speaking out about the newfound sense of freedom she has discovered. The "TiK ToK" singer utilized social media to share a TikTok video featuring a sunny beach, accompanied by the caption, "I haven't experienced this level of freedom since I turned 18." This comes shortly after reports surfaced that Kesha has officially parted ways with Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe, distributed by RCA Records.
In addition to leaving the record label, Kesha has also bid farewell to her longtime manager, Jack Rovner, after 16 years of collaboration. In a statement, Rovner confirmed the amicable parting, expressing mutual respect and love. Kesha acknowledged Rovner's unwavering support during her lengthy legal battle and expressed gratitude for the shared successes.
Kesha's legal saga with Dr. Luke, also known as Lukasz Gottwald, began with her 2014 accusation that he drugged and raped her in 2005. She further accused him of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse spanning a decade, resulting in severe mental health issues. Although her initial lawsuit was dismissed in 2016, a defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Luke continued until June when the parties reached a settlement out of court.
In a statement following the settlement, Kesha expressed a desire to close the chapter on this painful period of her life, emphasizing her wish for peace for all involved parties. Dr. Luke, too, released a statement reiterating his innocence and expressing relief at putting the matter behind him. Despite the legal resolution, Kesha's recent social media posts reflect a personal journey toward liberation and self-discovery.
The Variety report confirming Kesha's departure from Dr. Luke's label signals a significant shift in her professional trajectory. The termination of her contract with Kemosabe coincides with the May release of her album "Gag Order." Kesha's decision to embark on a new phase in her career aligns with her need for a fresh start in life.
In her latest Instagram update, the singer shared a nude photograph of herself, taken beside a river canyon, with the caption, "Returning to myself." These candid social media updates serve as glimpses into Kesha's evolving mindset and her determination to reclaim autonomy over her life and career.