Kesha Addresses Suicide Prevention in Moving VMAs Speech
Kesha is back and has a lot to say.
On Sunday, the 30-year-old pop star took the stage at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards to make one unforgettable statement. She didn't do so by performing one of her new hits ("Praying," "Woman," "Learn to Let Go"); instead, she gave a moving introduction for rapper Logic for his performance of "1-800-273-8255" with Alessia Cara.
The song title refers to the direct number to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and is a message for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. "I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can't seem to find a light," Logic tweeted when releasing the song.
Kesha addressed the crowd with touching words. "It has been said that if you knew who walked beside you, you could never experience fear or doubt again. Every so often, a rare and important song in video and film come along that lets you know how true that is," she said, moving on to introduce Logic and Cara for their performance of the track that, Kesha said, brought her to tears.
"The truth is that none of us are alone," she added. "There is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone. We all have struggled and as long as you never give up on yourself, the light will break through the darkness."
Before the duo took the stage, she encouraged viewers in need to call the Lifeline: "Just dial 1-800-273-8255." Logic also took the stage during his performance to encourage a message of equality, saying that we all deserve the right to be alive, regardless of our beliefs.
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The topic of suicide is personal to Kesha, and one she has addressed before. "It's healthy to actually talk about feeling really down sometimes because life an be a f—ing b— sometimes," she said in an interview with SiriusXM. "And I think the beautiful part is that you hold on to hope you don't give up and you keep showing up for yourself."
We're here for you, girl.