Christina Aguilera’s body has come up in conversation lately because of her weight gain. Earlier this month, Billboard released an article about the singer in which she reportedly said her record label wasn’t happy about her gaining 15 pounds on her "Stripped" tour (she later said those quotes were fake).
But Aguilera isn’t taking the weight gain talk personally, because she likes her body.
"Some people are afraid of change and [feel] that getting older is a bad thing, but I really love maturing and gaining wisdom," Aguilera told People. "And the experience of being pregnant and having a child and seeing what a woman's body can do is amazing."
The singer has a lot to be proud of. She is a judge on one of the most successful shows on TV, The Voice, she has a 4-year-old son, and she is releasing a new album soon, but it doesn’t seem like any of it makes a difference in how she feels about herself.
“I've always been one to make it very clear, love me or hate me, take it or leave it, this is who I am," she said. "I embrace my body, and I embrace everything about myself.”
Her new album Lotus will show that confidence through her music. The 31-year-old has been in the industry since she was a child, and she feels she has become who she really wants to be.
“Coming full circle is a celebration of freedom and happiness because that's what [my new album] Lotus is representing. I'm embracing everything that I've grown to be and learned to be," she told People.
Aguilera announced she will be taking a break from The Voice to focus on promotion for her album, and that Shakira will be taking her place. But she said the pregnant singer will enjoy the job.
"Well, you just have to sit there, so that's an easy gig pregnant. But I have all of the confidence in the world," Aguilera said. "They are true pros. Shakira and Usher have been doing it for a very long time and have their own fan bases. They can keep my seat warm."
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