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After reports that Ke$ha’s hit “Die Young” was being pulled from radio stations following the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy Friday, the singer took to Twitter to say that she was “forced” to sing those lyrics and that she didn’t write them. However, in an interview from last month, she said she wrote every word. Today, Ke$ha issued yet another statement, trying to clarify her position.
Ke$ha first tweeted, “I had my very own issues with ‘Die Young’ for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
That contradicted an interview she gave on New York’s 95.5 WPLJ in November, in which she stressed that she made sure every word in the song was from her heart. “I definitely make sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world ... I wrote and wrote and rewrote that song ten times,” she told the station.
After that interview came to light, she took to her official site to post another statement, writing that she “was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young.”
She continued, “Forced is not the right word.”
Ke$ha admitted that she did have a hand in writing the song and “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.”
In the song, Ke$ha sings, “Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young. We're gonna die young. We're gonna die young.”