has put her foot down about her weight and hit back at record industry executives who were pressuring her to be skinny.
The "Voice" star opened up about her struggles with body image in an interview with Billboard magazine recently. Christina, whose weight gain over the past year has been making headlines, told the publication that she built up enough courage to tell her management to stop pressuring her about it.
The five-time Grammy winner told Billboard magazine, “During the promotion of Stripped in 2002 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. The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings!”
31-year-old Christina Aguilera added, “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.”
The “Fighter” singer, who has natural Latin curves, went on to say that the music executives who promoted her 2002 promotional tour of her Stripped album called for an weight intervention when they saw her weight gain.
“Basically, they told me I would effect 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,” she added. “I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring."
But after the 2010 flop of her album Bionic, Christina has taken control of her image and insists that her soon-to-be-released CD, Lotus, will mark a comeback for the star.
“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,” the defiant singer 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.”
She continued, “This album represents a celebration of the new me. 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.
She added, “I tried to infuse as much as I could to promote strength and inspire people with that message. 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.”
Her upcoming album, Lotus, is being released on November 13.