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Christina Aguilera: Quotes about my weight aren’t my voice

2012 NCLR ALMA Awards - Arrivals

2012 NCLR ALMA Awards - Arrivals

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Updated: November 4, 2012 6:18AM



C hristina Aguilera is said to be very upset — as are the folks at Billboard — over what both the singer and the magazine are saying are “fake quotes” being attributed to the current Billboard cover story on Aguilera.

“Christina is very used to all kinds of phony rumors about herself, but when presumably reputable publications and websites claim they are running direct quotes from her that are totally made up — that truly flabbergasted her,” said one of Aguilera’s good friends Tuesday.

“First she was flabbergasted. Then she got very angry.”

The quotes do not appear in the story, and a second source with knowledge of the interview said the alleged remarks by Aguilera were not either “outtakes” or off-the-record remarks.

Those quotes, carried by Us Weekly and a number of websites, had the pop star and coach from “The Voice” claiming she “got tired of being a skinny white girl” in 2002 and was forced to be “toothpick thin” by her record label to tour and promote her “Stripped” album.

ARE KIMYE KAPUT? Despite strong denials from a number of folks in the Kardashian clan, rumors continue to fly that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s romance may be cooling off.

Reacting to reports the music superstar is growing weary of the constant media and paparazzi attention, a longtime Chicago pal of West said, “Kanye loves the spotlight, but just up to a point, and on his own terms. … With Kim there is no down time.”

Speaking of the famous reality TV family, two very good sources tell me Kim’s younger sister Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez are about to be announced as the new co-hosts of “The X Factor” — once the talent competition’s live shows hit the air next month.

LARA LETS LOOSE: CBS News star Lara Logan clearly was delighted to be in Chicago on Tuesday, keynoting the Better Government Association’s annual luncheon. “I love Chicago. … I remember the first time I came here and thought it was like New York, but the shops are in a smaller area — so my feet hurt less,” she quipped.The international correspondent also recalled the times she spent here long ago, back when she briefly dated Our Town’s

John Cusack.

Turning very serious in her address, Logan bluntly expanded on her riveting report on the “60 Minutes” season premiere last Sunday — painting a very grim portrait of the U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan and how many outright lies about the Taliban and al-Qaida are being foisted on the American public.

Logan skewered those who compare our involvement in Afghanistan with the war in Vietnam. “That is just completely wrong,” said Logan, stressing “the Vietcong merely wanted us to get out of their country, unlike al-Qaida, whose goal is world domination … a desire to end our way of life as we know it.”

TREE TALK: “McSteamy” is looking to smash his Los Angeles neighbor Billy Corgan in court. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Eric Dane and his wife, Rebecca Gayheart, have filed suit against the Smashing Pumpkins mainstay, claiming a huge tree smashed into their house during a 2011 storm, flooding the home, severing a power line and nearly seriously injuring or killing a pregnant Gayheart.

The couple’s suit also claims Corgan ignored warnings about “dangerous trees” on his property. The music star told TMZ those claims were “patently untrue,” insisting he was never forewarned about the tree and since has removed similarly unstable tress from his property.

EXCUSE ME? I’ve learned that country star Jason Aldean’s wife and family are angry not only with him — despite his mea culpa for kissing Brittany Kerr in a L.A. bar the other night — but also with the former “American Idol” contestant for the statement she has issued in the wake of that makeout session.Kerr said that she apologized to “everyone that has been affected by this, including my friends and family.” Friends of Aldean’s spouse,

Jessica Ussery, are wondering what I do: What about apologizing to Aldean’s wife of 11 years?

TUNE TIME: Turns out Justin Timberlake’s trip to Chicago for the Ryder Cup festivities and celebrity, pre-cup competition tournament was one of his few breaks from being in the L.A. studio, where he’s recording his first album in six years — expected to be released early in 2013. Timbaland is said to be producing a good deal of the CD — yet to be titled.

His next album is taking longer than he expected to finish, so crooner John Legend has called off his fall tour, including a Nov. 7 date at the Chicago Theatre. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

LOCAL LIGHT: Jay Chandrasekhar, who recently directed “The Babymakers” with Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn, has been tapped by Warner Bros. to rewrite and direct “Yogi Bear 2,” the sequel to the 2010 animated flick that grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

The Lake Forest Academy grad directed the 2005 film “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and according to dateline.com more recently has been directing episodes of the “Up All Night,” “Royal Pains” and “Community” TV shows.

BROADWAY BOUND: Just as “Kinky Boots” is rehearsing here for its big Broadway bow next year, there comes word another film is being developed as a musical for a splashy New York stage production.

Showbiz411.com reports “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” the 2008 film starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, is being prepped for a Broadway outing — with “Steel Magnolias” director Robert Harling being tapped by Focus Features to write and possibly direct the show. The music and lyrics are being penned by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, who did “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

TAKE A BOW: Congrats to popular longtime Chicago-based media executive Abe Thompson, honored with the Living Legends Award from the Black United Fund of Illinois at the 12th annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch” gala Saturday at the Parkway Ballroom.

The event encourages generational continuity in civil rights, business and the professions. In his case, Thompson celebrated “passing the torch” to the students of Kennedy King College.



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