Christina Aguilera is a "fat girl" -- or so she says, as the singer recently opened up to Billboard magazine about her weight gain and the negative backlash she has received for packing on some extra pounds in the past few years.
The "Can’t Hold Me Down" singer appears on the cover of the Saturday cover of Billboard magazine and told them that she has struggled with her weight essentially throughout her music career, as the industry tried to classify her as a thin white girl when in reality she is a Latina with curves.
"I am Ecuadorian, but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl,” Aguilera said.
But during the promotion of her album "Stripped" in 2002, Aguilera admits she “got tired of being a skinny, white girl.”
When she gained about 15 pounds during the tour, her label held an emergency meeting, she confessed.
"[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."
But now, Aguilera is fighting back. She says that when she met with her label before she started recording her upcoming album, "Lotus," she told them:
“'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," Aguilera told Billboard. "My body can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore -- my body is just not on the table that way anymore."
Just last week, Aguilera released the video for her song "Your Body," which will be on her upcoming album. Her love of her new curves is evident in the video, as she has no problem flaunting her assets. The opening scenes show her rolling around on a bed in lingerie, and the video ends with her wearing a black skintight cut-out dress.
"I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body. My son [4-year-old Max] is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me,” she said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine earlier this year.