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Pop star Ke$ha cancels Dubai performance over rehab stint

The troubled singer cancelled her RedFestDXB performance, saying she is focusing on her health

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American Pop star Ke$ha, who entered rehab for an eating disorder earlier this month, cancelled her upcoming performance in Dubai, reported Yahoo! Maktoob on Thursday.

The troubled starlet, who was initially meant to perform at Dubai’s RedFestDXB festival, will be replaced by British songstress Jessie J.

In a statement, Ke$ha said she would have to postpone her Middle East debut to focus on her health.

“I was so looking forward to performing at RedFestDXB but I need to follow my doctor’s advice and get my health back on track,” she said in a statement.

The 26-year-old ‘Tik Tok’ singer entered a 30 day treatment for an eating disorder at Chicago's Timberline Knolls center on Jan. 3, the same week her single “Timber,” reached number one on the UK singles chart.

Announcing to her fans her decision to enter rehab, the singer said, "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 … [and] to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."

Ke$ha’s mom Pebe Sebert also made statements to the press, claiming her daughter had nearly died from starvation stemming from anorexia and bulimia.

“[The doctors] told me her blood pressure and sodium were so low they’d never seen that, except with someone who’d had a heart attack or stroke,” Sebert told People magazine.

“They said it was a miracle she hadn’t dropped dead on stage.”

Circulating reports blame the pop star’s eating disorder on her manager Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who reportedly pressured the singer about her weight and insulted her body many times, once comparing it to a refrigerator.

Despite Ke$ha’s cancellation, the RedFestDXB is still scheduled to go on as planned at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Feb. 13 and 14.

Other performers set to take the stage are Justin Bieber-esque Conor Maynard, rapper Tinie Tempah, British X Factor winner Marvin Humes, and folk -rock group The Lumineers.

Fans who want refunds to the concert after the singer’s cancellation can go to visit redfestdxb.com/kesha.