We screamed "girl power" over the weekend when defiant quotes from Christina Aguilera's new Billboard interview emerged on the web.
"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," she purportedly told Billboard. "I had gained 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 affect a lot of people if I gained weight — the production, musical directors."
"I told them during this Lotus recording, 'You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it,'" she added.
Nice to hear that a Hollywood hottie is completely comfortable with her life, right? Not so fast: She never said any of that.
"The quotes are 100% false. She never said them to Billboard and Billboard never printed or posted them. They are fake," her reps said Monday, adding that both Aguilera's team and Billboard have the full transcripts of the interview.
Don't feel bad: We also fell for it, mostly because it seems like something The Voice judge would say. Aguilera has gained weight in recent years but has been pretty outspoken about it.
"Actually, the challenge I’ve always had is being too thin, so I love that now I have a booty, and obviously I love showing my cleavage," she told Lucky magazine in the current issue.
So, what did she actually tell Billboard?
"This album represents a celebration of the new me," she said in the new interview, now published in its entirety. "And to me the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings. It withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years," she said.
The album is also a representation of where she is now as a person, too.
"I tried to infuse as much as I could to promote strength and inspire people with that message," Aguilera added. "And now I'm at a place at 31, where the last time I felt this way was when I was 21.. and I had a lot to say and a lot to express."
We're just glad that Xtina isn't afraid to stick up for herself.
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