If you’ve ever wondered what kind of home life Ke$ha had growing up, the answer has been under our noses since 2005. That’s when the world saw Ke$ha’s family play host to Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton during the third season of “The Simple Life.”
While interning as wedding planners in Nashville, Tennessee, Paris and Nicole met Pebe Sebert and her kids – Kesha Rose, who was 17 or 18 years old at the time, and her little brother Louis.
“All the kids play music, we all meditate, we’re I guess what you call ‘free spirits,'” Sebert told the cameras, introducing her family. “I think Paris and Nicole will fit in with our family really well.”
As a single mother with three kids with no time to meet someone new, Pebe recruited Paris and Nicole to help find her a date. The dynamic duo teamed up with young Kesha, who interviewed several candidates – several of whom were asked to dance for them (with Kesha displaying a fondness for dancing that eventually led to her throwing up in Paris Hilton’s closet years later). As the chosen one, Randy, slow-danced with Pebe on their date, no one likely had visions of them growing old together. But the show did offer the world a first taste of Kesha’s bold attitudes and unique fashion sense.
Love her or hate her (and very few people do both), 25-year-old Ke$ha is one of the most unique entertainers working today. Her out-there outfits, off-kilter behaviour, racy tattoos, provocative lyrics about partying, and nightclub dance anthems have made her a regular name in entertainment headlines. She’s also a relatively major player in the music industry - her first full-length album “Animal” went Platinum around the world, and she released her follow-up “Warrior” last year. Ke$ha has written tracks for Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears, and cites influences like Beastie Boys, Dinosaur Jr., Iggy Pop, Blondie, Dolly Parton, Banksy, and “A Clockwork Orange.” Another influence is her mother, Pebe, who penned the Dolly Parton single “Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You” and several of Ke$ha’s tracks on “Animal.”
Pebe’s influence on her daughter is not limited to her music, but extends to her role (according to some writers) as a feminine role model. The Atlantic once argued that the single-parent family without a father (or need of one) was in tune with the feminist ideas of Germaine Greer and Shulamith Firestone. Others have applauded Ke$ha for empowering women by singing, doing, and wearing whatever she likes, and for controlling her image in a tough business. Others wholeheartedly disagree.
But one thing’s for sure – her “free-spirited” upbringing made her into the popstar and coiner of the phrase “Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack” she is today. And if Pebe’s around, Ke$ha’s upcoming MTV documentary series “Ke$ha: My Krazy Beautiful Life” will give us an even clearer picture of her family.