Ke$ha has a new documentary show coming out April 23rd on MTV (Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life). Steven Greenstreet, the director who followed her around with a camera for two years, answered some very candid questions people had about the glitterfest known as Ke$ha.
Greenstreet did something called an “AMA” on the website Reddit. AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything.” People did. Some of what he had to say about Ke$ha honestly surprised me. Yes, he acknowledged the whole pee-drinking thing, but shared some things about her you may not know. Asked one “Redditor”:
She was the target of some very unflattering press regarding some frumpy beach photos. Was her reaction to this situation addressed in any of your footage and will it make the final cut?
A lot of examples like this occur in the documentary. It’s just part of that lifestyle. Paparazzi are everywhere and there’s a hungry group of consumers waiting to gawk…let me just say that it’s heart breaking to see her try to be strong, only to break down in private over shit like this. It hurts. And you can see it hurts. She’s just like everyone else.
On her fans:
…Her fans are like her 2nd family.
The 2nd day of filming, she gets on her tour bus and her assistant hands her a MASSIVE box of fan mail. She then opens EACH one, reads it, signs whatever memorabilia was included, and sometimes hand writes a note back.
She meets with fans at EVERY tour stop. In one case, a kid in England handed her a book he’d put together. He was shy and couldn’t say much beyond “Please read the letter I put in there.” She read it. It was about him being bullied in school and hitting rock bottom with depression. And then her song “Animal” came on the radio and he suddenly felt a bit hopeful and pulled himself together. The note ended “You saved my life Kesha”. They both broke down in tears and embraced. To this day, she calls or texts him every once in a while to see how he’s doing.
On her public persona vs. her private one:
there is “Ke$ha” and then there’s “Kesha”.
“Ke$ha” is a wandering misfit, half drunk, half crazy, stumbling over hill and dale for the next party.
“Kesha” is sharp as a tack. Plays multiple instruments. Reads constantly. Writes constantly (I literally saw at least 300 full notebooks). And she knows EVERYTHING about her production. I often would see her on ProTools mixing a new audio cue, or designing new stage props herself. She designed a massive 12 foot glitter cannon for her live show.
And finally, on being classic Ke$ha:
After a FULL night of partying, she and like 20 friends go back to her hotel suite and they download EVERY song either ABOUT p-ssy or with p-ssy in the title. They then rocked out until mid-morning listening to only p-ssy songs.
Honestly, his Q&A makes me want to watch Ke$ha’s TV show. If I happen to be bored and it happens to be online when I’m bored. And as long as there’s no ghost sex involved.