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Christina Aguilera on that nude cover album

Christina Aguilera is speaking out about her much-buzzed about album cover for Lotus, where she appears completely naked rising out of a lotus flower.  According to Christina, the provocative cover isn't about being nude at all -- it's about embracing "white light and freedom."

"It's very interesting, because I don't see that album cover as being nude at all," she tells People. "I actually feel very covered and it's all about embracing white light and freedom, and I didn't want it to be about too much fashion. I wanted it to be raw, real and free and a celebration of life and the woman I've become."

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As for her constantly scrutinized weight gain, Christina continues to make no apologies.

"I embrace my body, and I embrace everything about myself. Coming full circle is a celebration of freedom and happiness because that's what [my new album] Lotus is representing. I'm embracing everything that I've grown to be and learned to be," she says.

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And just in case she hasn't made it clear already, she's not planning to change a thing.

"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," she stresses.