Christina Aguilera talks about past pressure to be thin? (Update)
Update 10/1/2012: Christina Aguilera's spokesperson denies she made the quotes below to Billboard magazine. The spokesperson tells Entertainment Weekly, "She never said them."
Christina Aguilera is gearing up for the release of her upcoming album "Lotus" and spoke in a recent interview about her record label's reaction to her weight gain during her 2002 promotion for her album "Stripped."
"During the promotion of my album 'Stripped' [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny, white girl," Aguilera tells Billboard magazine in its September 29 issue, according to Us Weekly. "I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl."
"Stripped" was known for hit songs like "Dirrty" and "Beautiful." Aguilera has been with the RCA record label since the release of her self-titled debut "Christina Aguilera" in 1999. Aguilera said the next time the label saw her, she had gained weight and had several piercings.
"I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my 'Stripped' tour," she told the magazine. "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."
"I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during 'Back to Basics' promos and touring," she said.
The 31-year-old singer told her record label for her recent record that they were going to have to accept herbody shape.
"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," Aguilera said. "My body can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore -- my body is just not on the table that way anymore."
The singer appears as a man-killer in her latest music video for her single "Your Body," which was released last week. The video shows Aguilera wearing skin tight outfits, corsets and mini-skirts.
Aguilera has had to defend her curvy figure in the past. The singer's weight has been the subject of tabloid headlines and Howard Stern once referred to Aguilera as a "plus-size woman" when interviewing her fellow "The Voice" coach Adam Levine.
"I'm very confident in my body," Aguilera said during NBC's panel for "The Voice" at the Television Critics Association Winter Session in January. "I think my video works over the years have spoken to that... I've been no stranger to being very comfortable in my own skin."
The singer also said at the time that her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, approved of her figure.
"As long as I'm happy in my own skin, that's all I need, that's all the confirmation I need," the 31-year-old singer continued. "I'm happy where I am, I have a boyfriend that loves my body, I love my body, my son is healthy and happy. That's all that matters."
Aguilera's new album follows after the commercial failure of her 2010 dance and electronic album titled "Bionic." That album sold just 310,000 units and was her first album to not reach platinum status.
After "Bionic" was released, Aguilera divorced Jordan Bratman, her husband of five years. The former couple has a 4-year-old son named Max. She also nabbed her coaching gig on "The Voice."
It was recently announced that Aguilera and fellow coach Cee Lo Green would be taking time off from the show next season. Shakira and Usher will take the pair's spots, alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Pictured above L to R: Christina Aguilera arrives at the BMG post Grammy Party, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in West Hollywood, Calif. / Aguilera appears on the Sept. 29, 2012 cover of Billboard magazine. / Christina Aguilera arrives at the ALMA Awards on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.