UPDATE: Christina Aguilera tells RCA she's fat and happy ... except she didn't say that
Say goodbye to the rail-thin Dirrty-era Christina Aguilera, because round is the sound, my friends. The singer allegedly told Billboard she gave RCA an ultimatum after gaining weight between the release of Bionic and her work on The Voice: Take all of it, or leave all of it. Except the problem is, she didn't actually say that. Let's go to the tape.
"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," she told Billboard, according to RadarOnline and about a billion other outlets. She supposedly says after she gained 15 pounds following the release of Stripped, the label flipped the script (hey, she's only 5-foot-1, so they noticed). "They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would effect a lot of people if I gained weight -- the production, musical directors."
So she basically starved herself (she reportedly said she was "toothpick thin" at this point) and sold 2006's Back to Basics, then floundered through Bionic and now is ready to release Lotus, an album that she's attribute as saying led her to tear into the record executives like they were a 20-piece bucket.
"I 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," the quotes continuted. "My body can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore."
That's a great story and all, but it seems she never said those things, and the quotes aren't found either in the print or online versions of the story. That's a problem, since it was blogged about by a ton of outlets, including The Juice* on Monday. Now you know why we give attribution to every single item we write.
"She never said them," her rep told Entertainment Weekly. They attribute the story to a Tumblr blog post titled "Fat Girl in Cheap Clothes" that writes out the whole spiel, then offers a dead source link to an unprintable login name. So what happened? Pressure to be first, people. Enjoy the media environment society has created.