But upon further inspection, we saw that Xtina’s comments were completely fabricated. Though Billboard only posted part of the cover story online, we read their print edition in full and nowhere in it did Ms. Aguilera make any statements about her weight.
The quotes in question included:
“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… [In 2002,] 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 [sic] 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 [2006's] Back to Basics promos and touring.”
But in the actual article, Xtina praised her manager, Irving Azoff, for his guidance during the Stripped tour.
“From day one he’s never really told me, ‘You have to do this or do that to fit in,’” she told Billboard.
And now Christina’s rep has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the starlet “never said” the negative comments about her weight.