Christina Aguilera has opened up about her struggles with weight gain and the pressure put on her by record industry executives to be skinny. The Voice star told Billboard magazine: “During the promotion of Stripped in 2002 I got tired of being a skinny, white girl.”
Aguilera, who has natural Latin curves, said: “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!” the five-time Grammy Award winner laughed. “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.
“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.”
Her weight gain ate away at her record sales, causing other people’s jobs in the process.
“[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.”
But this year, older and wiser, the Fighter singer was ready to hit back at music execs. When is came to working on the soon to-be-released CD, Lotus, she told them: “You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.”
Welcome to the music industry Christina, people will always find something to be critical about. Unfortunately the harsh reality is that you’re music is no longer relevant and now you’re losing your sex appeal.
So what’s left? False hope. Hopefully you’ll sell enough records in this upcoming year to sign yourself up to Weight Watchers and get your ass in the gym. We want the old Christina back.
Ashton Tyler | Elite.
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