Ke$ha has claimed that she was “forced” to sing recent single ‘Die Young’. The song plummeted out of the charts and was pulled by many US radio stations last weekend following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday.
Discussing the song and its new found controversy, Ke$ha said in a series of tweets this week, some of which have been deleted: “I understand. I had my very own issue with ‘Die Young’ for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO. It’s beyond words what has happened … I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been affected by this tragedy and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. Words cannot express [what I feel]“.
UPDATE 20/12/12 7.40PM: Ke$ha has now published a statement on her official website clarifying her tweet about being “forced” to sing ‘Die Young. She writes: “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to ‘Die Young’. Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘die young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe”.