Christina Aguilera graces the cover of the current issue of Billboard, and the story includes a lot of fun tidbits about her career, her upcoming album Lotus, The Voice, and more.
“She never said them,” Aguilera’s rep tells EW, referring to the suddenly viral body-related quotes that many outlets attribute to the Billboard interview. The misreported quotes include:
“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.”
“I told them during this Lotus recording, ‘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. My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Indeed, the quotes are nowhere to be found in either the print or online version of the Billboard story, not to mention her story in the current Lucky. Yet she did say the following to Lucky: “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.”
So where did all those other quotes come from? For now, signs are pointing to an endlessly reblogged post on Tumblr.