Kelsea Ballerini opens up about her growing up years in her new book.
The 28-year-old country singer took to Instagram and promoted her new book of poetry entitled, “Feel Your Way Through.”
In the caption, she shared some interesting bits about her teenage years, like what happened before her first kiss, her eating disorder, and the kind of society she grew up in.
Ballerini has been fond of writing as a form of expression as she started writing her own songs at a very young age.
“i started writing songs when i was twelve, and the truth is, it was a source of therapy from my parents divorcing,” the singer wrote, adding that “writing has always been how i celebrate the good and grieve the bad, and shifting to poetry allowed me to go deeper.”
She continued, “writing this book was laughing about the time i was a pre-teen and waxed (burned the absolute sh–t out of) my upper lip before a first kiss that didn’t happen.”
Bad Habits & Social Stigma
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Ballerini then went on to explain how she developed bulimia and how writing helped her cope with it.
“it was a love letter to my body after neglect from years of body dysmorphia resulting in an eating disorder. it was celebrating the bits of success i’ve allowed myself to feel,” she noted.
The “half of my hometown” songstress also shared that “having sex before marriage when you grow up in the south and in church can turn to years of shame.”
Her Love For Music
She added, “it was talking about my forever long love affair with music and my push and pull with the idea of being a role model. it was reliving watching a classmate die from a gunshot wound to the chest in the cafeteria my sophomore year of high school. it was moving to nashville with starry eyes . it was …becoming me.”
Writing her story in form of poetry and sharing it with the world made her “feel lighter.”
She called the book her “autobiography that rhymes” while also explaining that releasing it just now “because i’m growing up. and it’s confusing. and messy. and easy to feel alone in feelings that maybe we all just happen to feel in different ways.”
She added, “people also often ask my advice for young women?
feel. your. way. through.”
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Ballerini’s fans sent plenty of messages in the comments section to show their support for the singer.
“Through this book you became the big sister I’ll never have,” wrote a follower.
“Kels, your words are perfect. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” added another commenter.
“Your book is beautiful Kelsea! I love you even more. So proud of you for #FeelYourWayThrough,” quipped a third supporter.
A fourth fan also noted, “Even just reading this paragraph reminds me why I love you so much. You are one of my role models and it’s not because you are perfect or an imagine of what I should be. It’s because you are REAL and raw. What you said about the shame the church can bring really hits me and is something that stays with a person for years. Thank you for being you and sharing such intimate stories into your life. I can’t wait to read this.”