A while back we heard totally false rumors that Christina Aguilera was discussing her body image (among other things) in an interview with Billboard magazine. As it turned out the story was completely made up, but there definitely has been chatter and criticism about the pop star’s new body which looks– strangely enough– a lot like the bodies of women everywhere. But since we all occasionally tend to expect the impossible from our celebrities (like, that they don’t eat a whole lot), Christina’s been catching some flack. Recently, her The Voice co-star (or soon-to-be former co-star, since Xtina is leaving the show) Adam Levine spoke out against the haters or body ‘bullies’. Click inside to read what he had to say.
People has the story:
“The fights that everyone thought we were having were fictional,” Levine told reporters at Friday’s press event for the show. “We never hated each other. We never had these secret battles that everyone thought we were having.”
Levine, 33, even goes so far as to stand up for Aguilera, 31, who has been the object of criticism for her weight. He says the naysayers should “grow up.”
“The one thing about the culture right now, celebrity culture particularly, is people feel like they can just say nasty things about other people whether it’s Christina or whether it’s me,” he says. “She gets a lot and it pisses me off. Of course I have her back and of course I defend her.”
Aguilera herself recently spoke out about her body, telling PEOPLE, “I’ve always been one to make it very clear, love me or hate me, take it or leave it, this is who I am. I embrace my body, and I embrace everything about myself.”
Levine, who says he’ll miss Aguilera on the next season of The Voice, believes that mean words about her appearance are akin to “bullying.”
“It’s not cool. I’ve never liked it. I think it’s horrible and I’ll totally defend [Christina] when people say things like that because it’s no one’s business,” he adds.
It’s always good to hear people speaking out against some of the madness that we all witness– and sometimes participate in– in the world of pop culture. I noticed that some readers on People pointed out that the statement sounds funny coming from Adam, who’s got a reputation for only dating models. One reader argued that his actions (dating super skinny supermodels) speak louder than his words. I’m not convinced that Adam Levine is any type of, well, feminist… but do you think that his personal preference complicates his attempts to ‘defend’ Christina? I’m sure, either way, Xtina is glad to have somebody publicly have her back. And honestly? I saw the Your Body video and I don’t see what, exactly, needs defending: