The Word: Christina Aguilera is done being skinny
The Word has been waiting for Christina Aguilera to lose weight and then get paid a mint to appear in an Us Weekly cover story to talk about how she shed the pounds — aka Tabloid Journalism 101.
But, God bless her, it doesn’t look like that cover is coming up any time soon, as Aguilera is embracing her curves.
In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, “The Voice” mentor says she’s through worrying about staying skinny to promote her music. “During the promotion of my album ‘Stripped,’ 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 says, recounting how she put on 15 pounds during promotion for that album, prompting a “serious emergency meeting” with her label reps about potential backlash over 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 explains. “I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during ‘Back to Basics’ promos and touring.”
But for her latest record, she’d had enough: “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,” Aguilera says.
The whole time I was writing this, I was thinking about the photo of Rick Ross at this weekend’s BET awards. He, too, seems to embrace his weight. And yet, I’m guessing at his next sit-down interview, he’s not going to have to talk about his decision not to diet in relation to his music, is he?
Seth MacFarlane to host 2013 Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences tapped “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane to host the 85th Oscar telecast in February.
That’s a very good choice. Not only can he do all of those voices, but MacFarlane is also a great song-and-dance man. He’s like the frat boy version of Hugh Jackman.
Arnold admits to affair
Arnold Schwarzenegger claims he didn’t know he’d fathered a child with his longtime housekeeper until the boy “started looking like me,” he says in an interview with “60 Minutes” to promote his new memoir, “Total Recall.” “That’s when I kind of got it. I put things together.” But while he kept the woman, Mildred Baena, on staff and began providing financial support for the boy, he was in no hurry to tell wife Maria Shriver or their four children. “It was very difficult, strange, bizarre,” Schwarzenegger says. “I just said to myself, ‘OK, I’m going to put this away.’”
It took him years to figure out that he fathered a child with his housekeeper? A little slow on the uptake, Arnold. I’m not saying people should expect more from their politicians; I’m saying our politicians need to be quicker to figure out their indiscretions.