PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Honoree Christina Aguilera onstage at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
Christina Aguilera's getting candid about her weight.
Appearing in the Sept. 29 issue of Billboard magazine to promote her new Lotus CD out next month, The Voice coach talks about what a struggle she has had to stay thin and the pressure she felt, especially in the music industry. (Her remarks are not in the excerpt the mag put online; Us Weekly is reporting it).
"During the promotion of my album Stripped [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny, white girl," Aguilera says. "I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl."
She continues: "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, 31]. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight - the production, musical directors."
She continues, "[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. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics (her 2006 album) promos and touring."
Now, she has had enough of all that.
"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.This album represents a celebration of the new me, and to me the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years."
By the way, "Congratulations on your body," Jay Leno told Aguilera on Friday's Tonight Show. He was talking about her new single, Your Body.
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY