With the news spreading that radio stations have pulled Ke$ha’s single “Die Young” from rotation in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the pop star has responded with humility and a surprising admission: She did not want to sing the lyrics “We’re gonna die young” in the first place.
“I understand. I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason,” Ke$ha tweeted on Tuesday (December 18). The tweet has since been deleted. “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
The frequently sassy and unapologetic singer has apparently taken the radio stations’ news to heart and went on to offer a sincere message of sorrow and sympathy for the victims and their families.
“I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy,” she wrote. “And I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.”
Requests for comment to Ke$ha’s reps have not been returned by press time.
As MTV News’ James Montgomery argued earlier Tuesday, the message in “Die Young” is about living life to the fullest, not ending it prematurely, and the unfortunate truth is that too many young lives ended in tragedy this year, not just the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.