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.