Aguilera covers Billboard, talks weight gain and new music!
looks stunning on the cover of Billboard
's September 29 issue. With little time until Xtina
's new album 'Lotus
' comes out and now that the lead single "Your Body
" has a music video
, expect to see a lot of the blue-eyed singer.Aguilera
did more than just look pretty for the cameras. This feature is a must-read especially because of the singer's words of wisdom about the challenge of always being thin. Related: "Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin", Aguilera reveals.
The "Dirty" songstress revealed how she had enough of her label telling her to lose weight and how she stood up to them. Check out her interview highlights:On her record label making her stay thin:
"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, 31]. 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. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring."On not planning to change anything about her body this time:
"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."
For more of Christina
's interview visit Billboard
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