Christina Aguilera: Quotes about weight are fake

Christina Aguilera attends a promotional event for "The

Christina Aguilera attends a promotional event for "The Voice" in Los Angeles. (Aug. 12, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Christina Aguilera's spokeswoman Monday shot down quotes attributed to the singer that had appeared on several major media websites. Aguilera had reportedly been quoted speaking about her weight and of music-industry demands on her to maintain a thin figure.

"The quotes are fake," Aguilera's representative, Nicole Perez-Krueger, told Newsday.

Entertainment Weekly tracked the apparent source to a much-reblogged Tumblr post Friday at SeverelyCalm.tumblr.com. That page said the post had come from another Tumblr page and had since been removed.

The Tumblr post described what it said were excerpts from a Billboard interview. In it, the half-Ecuadorean, half-Irish Aguilera is quoted as saying that while doing promotion for her 2002 album "Stripped," "I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorean but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl."

The "Voice" coach -- whose new album "Lotus" hits stores in November -- was also quoted as telling her label, "You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it."

The quotes claimed, "I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my 'Stripped' tour with Justin [Timberlake]. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight -- the production, musical directors."

Newsday was unable to reach a Billboard representative. However, E! said Billboard denied the quotes' veracity.

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