Kesha’s Emotional Year: From Legal Battles to ‘Taking Back’ Her Life

From ups to downs to ups again! Kesha kicked off her mini Las Vegas residency at Intrigue nightclub at the Wynn Las Vegas on Thursday, June 23, adding one definitive win to what has been a long and emotional year so far. Watch Us Weekly video's look back at her roller coaster year above.

The 29-year-old pop star stunned in a white leotard with a gem-studded rainbow across the front, a matching feather boa, and a pair of glittery fishnet stockings for her debut night. (The “Tik Tok” singer is set to perform on June 25 and July 23.)

Kesha topped off her look with white cowboy boots with pink stars and her blonde hair in messy waves.

The singer has been reclaiming her confidence in recent months following a trying start to the year, during which she fought to be freed from her contract with producer Dr. Luke, battled depression and an eating disorder and was almost barred from performing at the Billboard Music Awards.

“My career is in a strange place and it feels like I’m fighting an uphill fight some days,” she captioned an Instagram photo of herself giving the middle finger. “But I have decided to take my life back. My freedom. My happiness. My voice. My worth.”

Ke$ha performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards. Lester Cohen/WireImage

“I will not just f–king be quiet and hide. Today I will say f–k it and live. So F–K it,” she continued. “Today I’m making that choice. AND IM HAPPY AS A DAMN CLAM. And also a big ol f–k u if u wanna hate on my body. Just remember that makes u look like a d–k head.”

Watch the video above to take a look back at Kesha’s emotional year!

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more