Earlier today the Internet was flooded with headlines reading “Christina Aguilera: I Was Forced To Be ‘Toothpick Thin’ In 2002” and “Christina Aguilera tired of being ‘skinny, white girl.”
Intrigued, many flocked to the articles in which Xtina allegedly opened up about her weight gain.
USA Today attributed the article to US Weekly who said the article came from Billboard. Currently Billboard‘s cover girl, it made sense. But, Billboard had no quotes from Christina on her weight within it’s feature Q&A. When CBS Local reached out to the magazine a rep said, “It appears some of these quotes have been misattributed to Billboard. We are trying to get to the bottom of this and to have it corrected where possible.”
The quotes that many publications said came from Billboard didn’t make their way into the magazine issue or the excerpt online. So where did the quotes come from?
Here are the quotes in question as reported by US Weekly detailing Christina’s dislike for being referred to as “a skinny, white girl.”
“During the promotion of my album Stripped [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny, white girl,” the magazine wrote. “I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl.”
The gossip magazine went on to explain in detail how Christina was told by her label to lose weight.
“They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight,” she recalled. “Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors.”
Another misreported quote further explained what her label said to her about her weight gain.
“[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 adds. “I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring.”
A spokesperson for Christina said in regards to the quotes, “Yes they are fake.”
Billboard was alerted to the misattributed quotes and urge those to read the full Billboard cover story.
US Weekly has since taken down their original article. They offered no comment as of press time.
-Annie Reuter, CBS Local