On the heels of her 31st birthday, Christina Aguilera opens up in the February issue of Marie Claire about the past “rough year.” The Beautiful singer talks about her divorce from Jordan Bratman, the “struggle” of being a single mom, and her soon-to-be 4-year-old son Max.
On being a single mom: “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.”
On priorities: “Becoming a mother has helped me to realize who I am aside from my career. The decisions I’ve made thus far have been made for Max’s benefit. It comes from a place of wanting peace, not chaos. I was raised in a very chaotic home, and that’s one thing I have no patience for. I have to surround my son with positive, strong relationships so that he feels he has a cohesive family.”
On the public scrutiny of 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 2011: “That was a rough year. 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.”
Continue reading the interview with Christina at Marie Claire…