Christina Aguilera covers the October 2012 issue of Billboard magazine and more excerpts from the singer’s interview have surfaced.
Openly candid about her weight, Aguilera reveals that there was a time when her management team wanted her to quickly shed the extra pounds she put on because she was tired of being labeled as the “skinny, blue-eyed white girl.”
The now 31-year-old says she’s completely happy with her curvaceous body and could care less about the media or her teams perception of her.
“During the promotion of my album Stripped [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl.
“The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings! Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy pill for them to swallow. I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour [with Justin Timberlake]. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would effect a lot of people if I gained weight — the production, musical directors.
“[They claimed] people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows,” she adds. “I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring.”
“I told them during this Lotus recording, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.’ They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body. My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore—my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
UPDATE: Christina Aguilera’s reps deny the singer made the above comments to Billboard magazine.