Christina Aguilera On Her Curvy, Controversial Figure: ‘i Got Tired Of Being A Skinny, White Girl’


The quotes, in which the singer recounts being told to lose weight or risk her career, do not appear in either the online story or the print publication. Joe Kohen/WireImage Though she is often seen as a blond-haired, blue-eyed white singer, Christina Aguilera is actually Ecuadorian. Another quote that was widely published but does not actually appear in the Billboard story addresses how her music label supposedly told her to shed the weight. “During the promotion of my album ‘Stripped (in 2002), I got tired of being a skinny, white girl,” she is quoted as saying. “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.” Aguilera, 31, supposedly admitted she’d gained about 15 pounds during the “Stripped” tour, and her label was not happy. “They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight,” she recalled. “Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors.” Suzanne Plunkett/AP Christina Aguilera lost a drastic amount of weight after her label insisted she was jeopardizing her career. What is true, however, is that Aguilera has struggled with public scrutiny over her figure for years. And indeed, as recently as last fall, the talented singer was making more headlines for her weight gain than her musical prowess. Unflattering photos of Aguilera at a Michael Jackson tribute concert prompted Kelly Osbourne to make a few rather disparaging remarks about her figure.

I just think it’s very unfair of anyone to pit another woman against another woman and especially in the space of music, when we are all just trying to be taken seriously as females. Christina is an incredible vocalist and an incredible artist. From me to her, I’m so sorry for anything that anyone ever said to her because of my existance and I hope she never felt any way about it [] I think it’s total nonsense the way that [the media does] that, she said. Christina appeared to respond to the controversy last month in a letter to fans where she advocated love and not hate in light of a #JusticeForBionic campaign, which encouraged fans to buy Bionic on the release date of Gaga’s Artpop album. The Twitter movement was created when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton alleged that Gaga sabotaged the promotion behind Aguilera’s 2010 record. Gaga finally cleared the air on that accusation though. Back to her interview, Gaga also spoke about her failed duet with Cher. As per the Paparazzi singer’s request, The Greatest Thing was cut from Cher’s new album. Gaga wrote that song back in 2007 and the two recorded it together, but she later thought the song didn’t sound fresh enough to be released. We didn’t have time to work on it together and I wrote the song a long time ago. To be fair, if I was writing a song for Cher now, I would want to hear her album and I would want to know where she is in her life.

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I have that experience, and it took me back to those days. It makes you look inside yourself; how have I grown and how I went through that too. It’s a beautiful thing. Its helping the contestants grow and develop themselves as music artists that Aguilera says is what has been most rewarding for her as a coach on multiple-Emmy nominated NBC reality show and what mostly inspired her come back. On a personal level, I try to give it a lot of heart. And coming back into it I just wanted to be here for the beginning of somebody elses journey. Its a really, really cool thing, she said. To see somebody and to discover people at the beginning of their careers and seeing yourself in them as far as- what can I do to just help them out? The international pop star added that she goes into the season thinking about the value of the opportunity to mentor the young artists in the field that she loves more than she does about just winning. You have to take it back to why you started in this business and why we as artists individually came into wanting to do this and be onstage ourselves-and that’s because you cannot live or breathe without music. And being inspired by it, being motivated by it; coming back that was just my intention. At the end of the day, yes, its great to win.