Christina Aguilera Covers ‘Marie Claire’ Magazine

"I've been through my highs, I've been through my lows"

I think it’s safe to say that 2010 was not a great year for popstar-turned-actress Christina Aguilera … not only did her marriage to Jordan Bratman come to an end but her professional career didn’t fare much better. Her album Bionic was deemed a flop and her film debut Burlesque wasn’t well received by critics and audiences. BUT, despite her arrest for public intoxication last year, 2011 turned out to be a better year for Xtina. Her hosting gig on The Voice managed to mute all of the previous year’s negativity and make her a star again. Xtina is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Marie Claire magazine and in her coverstory interview, she talks about her lows … and her highs and lets us know that she is now in a really great place in her life. Check out Xtina‘s coverphoto and read some excerpts from her Marie Claire feature below.

Christina Aguilera looks every inch the consummate performer, whether working it onstage in front of thousands of fans — or in the midst of a PR crisis … she’s an expert at delivering smart, sharp commentary on subjects she wants to discuss — and deft at avoiding those that she doesn’t. Recently, there have been a lot of tricky land mines to navigate. In 2010, she filed for divorce from music executive Jordan Bratman, her husband of five years; that same year, her album Bionic proved a critical and commercial disappointment. She didn’t fare much better at the box office: Critics lambasted Burlesque, her feature-film debut costarring Cher, as campy froth. Then came last year’s infamous Super Bowl incident, in which Aguilera flubbed the lines to the national anthem. A month later, while out with her boyfriend, production assistant Matt Rutler, she was arrested for public intoxication. (Charges were later dropped.) “That was a rough year,” Aguilera admits, shaking her head. “Between my divorce and the other things I went through, a lot happened. It’s hard for anyone to go through that in public. But when you’re a celebrity and under a microscope, it’s 58 million times harder. I grew an even thicker skin after that hard year.” The scrutiny seems to have shown no signs of abating: Lately, she’s been subjected to cruel tabloid headlines about her fluctuating weight. (“I was never that fat,” crowed Kelly Osbourne on E! Fashion Police.) Aguilera’s response, she says, is to ignore the static.

On her body: “I’ve been through my highs, I’ve been through my lows; I’ve been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I’ve been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It’s noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body. My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to me.”

On single motherhood: “It’s hard not having the consistency of a partnership on a daily basis. It’s a struggle. But I can’t single out my ex-husband [as the problem] because he’s a devoted father and great with my son. We always make sure that we put Max first. I have help from family and good people around me in support of my career. I couldn’t do what I do without a strong team behind me.”


Altho Xtina has never endured serious lows in her career (like, say, Lindsay Lohan has), she did go thru a rough patch a couple of years ago. It’s amazing what a hit TV show can do for one’s career, no? Altho I’m not a fan of The Voice, I can appreciate that many people love the show and they love Xtina as one of the judges. I’m happy to hear her sounding so well … in this business, it’s easy to get bitter and jaded. As long as she keeps her head on straight and focuses on what’s really important in her life, she’ll be just fine. My guess is Xtina will be dropping a new album at some point soon … and hopefully it’ll impress much more than Bionic did. For now, tho, Xtina is prepping for season 2 of The Voice … which has fans excited … and for Xtina, that’s the best professional news of all.

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  1. Glen CoCo-Franco

    I think bionic gets a bad rap..the songs she did with sia are amazing…

    • @Glen CoCo-Franco — I agree with you. ‘Bionic’ wasn’t my fave album of 2010 but it was pretty good. There are a lot of great songs on that album.

  2. Lacey

    No red lipstick? Amazing! I hope she sticks to that, it’s a terrible look.

    • @Lacey — Amen!!

    • KLC

      I have a feeling she saw how she looked on live TV with it and it made a difference. After about 2 or 3 LIVE episodes of “The Voice,” she stripped down her makeup (No pun intended). She’s so pretty and that heavy makeup was horrible. She didn’t have her hair so big and she looked like she just used gloss. So happy she’s gone more natural.

    • Alys

      Exactly. She looks so much better when completely natural.

  3. ella

    I love Xtina, but I hate that she said that going through her divorce and career problems were 58 million times harder because she was a celeb.

    Sure, I can see how some aspects of it would be amplified because of tabloids etc. But she doesn’t have to worry about lawyers fees bankrupting her. She doesn’t have to worry that, because of poor professional performance, she’ll be fired and will then default on her mortgage. She doesn’t have to worry about how to pay for childcare now that she doesn’t have a partner to help on a daily basis.

    Also, when the stress gets to be too much, she can get the best therapy, daily massages, amazing vacations, and whatever else she wants.

    She still lost the person she thought she’d be with forever, and no amount of money would make that better. But I think she’s being really self-centred and ignorant by saying she had it harder than us regular folks because of who she is.

  4. after seeing promo/behind the scene pics from the voice..and now this..i looove the shes dropped the red lipstick, she looks SO much better. really brings the focus to her eyes (and takes the harshness away from her hair).

    as for the interview..its definitely a more mature side. i cant wait to see what 2012 brings. im excited for the (supposed) new music coming, ad of course the voice.

  5. gayana

    2012 is going to be Christina’s year!
    New album is going to be amazing!! I Cannot Wait!

    oh, and Burlesque was a great movie/musical.

  6. Krissy

    I didn’t buy Bionic, but I have always liked Christina. I wish her good things in 2012.

  7. Sandy

    May 2012 bring her clothes that fit!

  8. Dana

    She has gone from Xtina to XLTina…Will be glad when the attention she gets will be about her Hit Music and as a fan of Aguilera not a fan of her being on The Voice.Also think the Fat came from a Drinking Problem.

    • i doubt it was from drinking – and shes far from “fat”. she gained some weight years ago – before max, around the stripped era(she had black hair). some peoples just go up and down. the weight looks alot better on her then when shes tiny. she just needs to dress for it thats all

    • some peoples weight*
      and boo my comment is “awaiting moderation” again :(

  9. bionic was a good album…the media tried to destroy her because of comparisons to an over rated, mediocre, unoriginal clown name gaga….hang in there xtna you are great and you will endure much longer than that tragic case gaga

  10. nat

    I don’t think Christina’s rock bottom was ever anywhere near the depth of Lindsays.That girl is beyond help.Christina just needed to dust herself off and refocus on what mattered to her.

  11. JC

    I can’t wait for her new album to come out. I absolutely loved Bionic and still jam to it almost everyday…I’m a prima donna…

    But not to be a bitch…the magazine cover pic looks like a mug shot. They could have picked a better one…but I am so glad she is moving away from the tacky red lipstick!

  12. cutitout

    Thats the best she has looked since june 2010. I need darker more natural hair though.

  13. John

    Sorry but it’s called karma! She was the one who talked shit about Britney when she was going through hell and then it came full circle. She honestly is so unlikeable and so fake- too bad cos she has some great songs

    • when did she talk about britney?
      just curious because i remember people bringing up britney in her interviews, but the last few i heard, she handled them well and either gave short non detailed answered or changed the subject. i dont remember her saying anything bad.

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