Kesha said she almost died earlier this year after experiencing a complication from freezing her eggs.
The “Praying” singer shared the candid details in a recently published cover story with Self Magazine. Kesha told the outlet she froze her eggs in 2022 and a few weeks later performed in the Bahamas for New Year’s Eve – leaving her too weak to walk.
After arriving at the hospital, doctors said she developed an “uncommon yet serious complication from the fertility procedure” which they partially attributed to a weakened immune system.
Kesha said she was transferred to a Miami-based hospital, where she stayed for nine days.
“I finally feel recovered, but it took a couple months,” Kesha told Self Magazine. “It was horrifying.”
According to UCLA Health, the risks of freezing eggs are “similar to those associated with ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF), which includes small risks of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, infection, and bleeding related to the egg retrieval process.”
Kesha continued, saying she chose to freeze her eggs because her album was scheduled for release, and wanted more time to think about the reality of becoming a mother in today’s world.
“I just was taking my reproductive health into my own hands,” Kesha said, adding that people should decide when and where to give birth on their own terms. “And I stand by everyone doing that and [honoring] your body,” she continued.
In the same interview, Kesha said doctors diagnosed her with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) in 2002, meaning a person has low infection-fighting proteins. She told Self Magazine that she kept the information private to avoid unwanted attention. According to the outlet, CVID is a “lifelong condition” that affects one in 25,000 to 50,000 people worldwide.
“I just never wanted to be the whiny, privileged girl. Also, my image had been that of going out and having fun,” Kesha said, adding that she’s prioritized rest in recent years.