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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Christina Aguilera: Hillary stared at my boobs

Hillary Clinton is a big backer of Christina Aguilera’s “girl” power, the singer joked Monday.

“She supports the girls — they need support,” the 35-year-old said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” laughing about a 2012 picture that appears to show the Democratic presidential front-runner looking straight at the singer’s chest.

“She was staring at my bosoms,” Aguilera noted.

The snap was taken at the McGovern Awards, where Aguilera, wearing a plunging, eggplant-colored gown, was honored for her work as a U.N. World Food Programme Ambassador.

The “Genie In A Bottle” singer is a big Clinton supporter and hosted a fundraiser for her last fall at her Beverly Hills pad.

“She’s amazing,” Aguilera said.

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Michael’s Doc Makes Shocking Claims: Janet Jackson Had Secret Love Child As A Teen!

Conrad Murray says her ex told all in a letter.

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The late Michael Jackson‘s personal physician and confidante is finally coming clean about an old family secret.

In Dr. Conrad Murray‘s new tell-all, This Is It!, he recalls his unlikely friendship with Janet Jackson‘s first husband, James DeBarge, as the two were coincidentally imprisoned in the same facility back in 2012. (Murray was famously sentenced to four years on involuntary manslaughter charges in Jackson’s 2009 overdose death, though he was released after just two.)

One day after a court date, the disgraced doctor claims the ex of his former patient’s sister dropped a bombshell: He was the father of the pop star’s secret baby!

“Conrad, I just can’t hold it in anymore,” DeBarge allegedly said in a handwritten letter, dated May 3, 2012. “I found out I have a daughter when I was with Janet.”

“I always felt it was a part of me missing….Now everything makes sense.”

DeBarge claimed the daughter, now an adult, was “adopted off” by the Jackson family after a “secret” birth, and wanted to finally get to know know her father.

“I’m so excited I don’t know what to do,” he continued, adding that he wasn’t upset with his ex-wife for keeping the truth from him. “I’m [grateful] and overjoyed.”

De Marge, who was married to the songstress in 1984 before a quick annulment the following year. She was just 18 at the time they wed, while her singer husband was two years older.

PHOTOS: The Next LaToya? Janet Jackson Has Had ‘Multiple Plastic Surgeries’ – Top Doctors Detail The Nip & Tucks In 10 Revealing Photos

In May, DeBarge exclusively told Radar that a woman had come forward with claims to be his daughter with the star.

She called me ‘Papa,'” he said. “She didn’t want to get her mom in trouble. She wanted to do it quietly. She didn’t even want Janet to know.”

Monday, 1 February 2016

Christina Aguilera arrested for public intoxication

Singer taken into custody on suspicion of being drunk after police pull over a car driven by her boyfriend in West Hollywood


You are booziful? ... Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler. Photograph: BDG/Rex Features

Christina Aguilera spent yesterday morning sobering up in a West Hollywood police station. The pop star was arrested for public intoxication after officers pulled over a car driven by her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, charging him with driving under the influence. The Beautiful singer was later released, and police say they have "no desire to prosecute".

"She was not belligerent in any way," a spokesman for the LA County sheriff's office told the New York Post. When police stopped the car around 2:45 am, Aguilera was a "public safety issue", Steve Whitmore explained. "When she got out of the car, she couldn't stand ... She didn't know where she was and she didn't know her own address." Given her condition, the arrest was routine: "She was not capable of taking care of herself." According to the booking sheet obtained byTMZ, Aguilera was listed at 5'2" and 100lbs (45kg).

Though Aguilera will not be pursued for a criminal offence, Rutler faces a drink-driving charge. The 25-year-old's breathalyser reading was reportedly .09, just above the legal limit of .08. He has been released on $5,000 (£3,000) bail.

The last six months have not been easy for Aguilera: her last album, Bionic, was a flop, while her feature film debut, Burlesque, fared no better. In October, the singer filed to end her five-year marriage to music executive Jordan Bratman, and there have since been reports of public drunkenness. Earlier this month, before a TV audience of 100 million, Aguilera forgot the words to the US national anthem. A few days later, she took a tumble onstage at the Grammy awards. "She's a total mess," a friend told Us Weekly. "Her drinking is out of control."

Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera defends national anthem gaffe


Christina Aguilera performs during the Super Bowl XLV pre-game Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Christina Aguilera has pleaded for forgiveness after the singer fluffed her performance of the American national anthem at last night's Super Bowl.

Instead of singing "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?" in the four-versed Star Spangled Banner, the pop star sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming?", changing "hailed" to "watched" the second time around.

Amid a growing Twitter storm, Aguilera said in a statement: "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

According to the Daily Mail, her gaffe matched erroneous lyrics published on Wikipedia, which have since been corrected.

At the Super Bowl in 2004 Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's half-time show created controversy when Timberlake ripped a piece of Jackson's top, revealing the singer's right breast.

Green Bay won their fourth Super Bowl last night with a thrilling 31-25 win over Pittsburgh at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Five fast facts about Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is an accomplished entertainer. She may be young, however she has worked most of her life. She has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry and holds her own. Not only does she have a successful career, but she is a wife and mother. Below are five facts about the beautiful Christina Aguilera.

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Multicultural background
Christina Maria Aguilera was born Dec. 18, 1980. Her racial background is a little of everything. She is Irish, Ecuadorian, German, French and Dutch. She has been singing professional since she was a child.

Diva alert
She is a diva and a control freak. Justin Timberlake reported that when they were on “Mickey Mouse Club House” as a child, she was already demanding. They affectionately nick named her, ‘the diva.’ In 2007, photographer David LaChappelle blacklisted Aguilera claiming she is difficult to work with.

Beef with Britney Spears
There have been many reports, claiming that Aguilera was jealous of Spears career. There were multiple reports that she would have a breakdown when Britney got a gig she wanted and vice versa. The two squashed the rumors when they present an award together for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Scared of the dark
Aguilera revealed that she has always been scared of the dark. She felt there was something evil about the darkness. In recent years, she changed her mind. She now finds some sort of strange comfort in the dark. She no longer is scared of the dark.

Christina Aguilera was married to music executive Jordan Brateman. She said he helped inspire her love songs. She admitted she never wanted to produce any love songs, but she wanted to share the love she felt for him with her devoted fans. The couple divorced in 2010 after five years of marriage. They share one child together Max Liron, seven years old. She had a daughter, Summer Rain, seven months old with her fiancée Matthew Rutler.

Christina Aguilera is a pop icon. She is an actress songwriter, entertainer and mother. She has worked most of her life, and even with a family is not slowing down. Recently, she became one of the hosts of “The Voice.” Christina Aguilera is on her way to becoming a music legend.

Christina Aguilera - A Voice for the Hungry

One of the biggest names in pop music today, Christina Aguilera is also a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, lending her voice to WFP and the fight against hunger.

Christina just visited Rwanda where she spent time at a refugee camp. She was deeply moved hearing from the refugees about escaping violence in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the five-time Grammy award winner was among artists who headlined for the "Hope for Haiti Now" Telethon, one of the most widely syndicated fundraising events in history, raising over $66 million in relief aid.

As the official spokeswoman for the Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief Campaign, From Hunger to Hope, she has used her fame and success to raise over $148 million for WFP and other hunger relief agencies in 45 countries.

Christina debuted in this role with a moving public service announcement that shows her serenading onlookers at a busy street corner in Los Angeles with her hit ballad Beautiful

Recently in Rawanda, Christina visited one of the schools where children get a daily hot meal - and got a rousing welcome from the children. The school meal programme is one of the best ways of giving kids a chance for the future: combining education and a healthy meal so the children can concentrate and grow up strong and smart.

In May 2010, Christina travelled to quake-stricken Haiti to see how food assistance is helping the nation recover and rebuild. Read about Christina's trip to Haiti >>

In August 2009, Christina caught another glimpse of hunger first hand during a field trip to Guatemala where she met with poor mothers surviving on WFP food aid

Christina Aguilera Biography

Date of Birth: 18 December 1980, Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Christina Maria Aguilera
Nicknames: Chrissy, X-Tina, Baby Jane, Candy
Height 5' 2" (1,57 m)

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Mini Bio 
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother, although they moved around quite a bit. Christina's goal almost since birth was to be a singer, and at age 12 she was invited to audition for MMC (1989). She wound up getting the part and stayed there for a few years, until the show ended. In 1999 she had her breakthrough hit, "Genie in a Bottle". Since then she's made millions of fans, sold millions of records and has won many awards, including a Grammy for best new female artist. She has even made a Latin album and released a Christmas album.

Aguilera is a bilingual singer. She has received many honors including Grammy Nominations and a win for Best New Artist. 2 MTV Video Music Awards, a Radio Music Awards, 2 VH1 Awards, and a Teen Choice Award with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink and the smash hit "Lady Maramalade". She was on MMC (1989) with *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. Her musical influences include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson.

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Known for her powerful voice and her ability to sing acapella
Wears bright blue contact lenses, even though her eyes are already naturally blue (albeit a darker blue).
Platinum blonde hair
Wartime pinup/classic Hollywood glamour, as seen in such videos as "Ain't No Other Man," "Candyman" and "Hurt," as well as live performances prior to and following the release of her Back to Basics album.

Won a Grammy for "Best New Artist" in February 2000.
Made the Top 20 in FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women.
Announced that she will star in TV commercials for Coke, which were slated to appear in the United States in May 2001 and continue throughout the summer. The Coke campaign also offered a $1,000,000 grand prize for a sweepstakes as well as the opportunity to meet the pop princess and hang out with her during a video taping. Christina previously starred in commercials for Coke which aired solely in Latin America. The ads were such a success that Coca-Cola decided to run new ads featuring Christina Aguilera in the U.S. [March 2001]

Attended North Allegheny High School up until the 9th grade in Wexford, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sued Warlock Records, Platinum Recording Group and producers Robert Allecca and Michael Brown to prevent them from releasing "Just Be Free", a demo compilation she recorded when she was just 14 years old. [May 2001]

Won the world's best selling Latin female artist at the World Music Awards. Christina also performed her #1 world-wide smash hit "Nobody wants to be lonely" with Ricky Martin at the ceremony.

Formerly dated backup dancer Jorge Santos. Christina co-wrote the songs "Infatuation" and "Loving Me 4 Me" about the relationship.

For two seasons, Christina appeared on MMC (1989) which furthered her desire to record an album before she graduated from high school.

Nominated for 6 MTV Video Music Awards. So far in her career she has received 11 nominations. [July 2001]

In 1994, several labels, including RCA, passed on the opportunity to sign Christina Aguilera. Undaunted, she left for Japan to jump-start her career on distant shores.

With co-performers Lil' Kim, Pink and Mya, won two awards at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards for "Lady Marmalade." One was for the prestigious 'Best Video Of The Year' award and the other for the 'Best Song From A Movie Soundtrack' award (Moulin Rouge).

Host of the second annual Latin Grammy awards show. [September 2001]

(October 26, 2001) Co-hosted the 2001 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas with Ricky Martin.

Voice range is four octaves.

After wowing the crowd at a Pittsburgh charity banquet, 11-year-old Christina landed offers to sing the national anthem for the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers.

Her contract requests she gets various health foods and Flintstones chewable vitamins. Also soft drinks such as Coca Cola and Nesquik but not Pepsi or anything diet.

Although she is half-Ecuadoran and has released a Spanish album, she is not fluent in Spanish.

Attended Marshall Middle School in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

She won the 2002 Grammy (best collaboration) with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink for her work in the Moulin Rouge! (2001) song, "Lady Marmalade".

Appeared in the musical "The Pussycat Dolls".

Co-wrote fourteen songs on her latest album, "Stripped".

Attended Rochester Area Elementary School in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Has 4 siblings: a younger half-brother Michael (born 1996), step-brother Casey, younger sister Rachel (born 1986) and step-sister Stephanie.

Above all sports, she prefers baseball and volleyball.

Considers Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Etta James and Billie Holiday as her most important musical influences.

Was named Godmother, "Madrina", for the second generation of students on the Mexican TV reality-talent show called, "La Academia".

Her parents met while attending college at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Has two papillon dogs, Chewy and Stinky.

Nominated for 4 MTV Video Music Awards for her "Dirrty" video including, Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video and Best Choreography in a Video.

Has her own shoe line, which is manufactured by ES Orginals. The shoe box that has her picture on it, can be used as a CD holder or picture frame.

Step-dad is: Jim Kearns

Co-wrote Kelly Clarkson's hit single, "Miss Independent".

Ranked #1 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2003.

Is the host of MTV's 2003 Europe Music Awards.

Her parents were married in the LDS Temple in Washington D.C.

Debuted on national TV at age 8 on Star Search (1983).

At 11, she was the youngest person to perform the national anthem at a major sporting event at that time

Nominated for five 2003 Grammys, Song of the Year, "Beautiful", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, "Beautiful", Best Pop Collaberation with Vocal, "Can't Hold Us Down" (with Lil'Kim), Best Pop Vocal Album, "Stripped" and Best Remixed Recording, "Beautiful"(Peter Rauhofer, Remixer.)

Nominated for five 2004 Grammys, Song of the Year, "Beautiful", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, "Beautiful", Best Pop Collaberation with Vocal, "Can't Hold Us Down" (w/ Lil'Kim), Best Pop Vocal Album, "Stripped" and Best Remixed Recording, "Beautiful" (Peter Rauhofer, Remixer.)

Has a Cadillac SUV and a Range Rover.

Nominated for the 2004 Echo Awards Best International Female.

Her "Stripped" tour with Justin Timberlake came in first in the Rolling Stone 2003 Readers' Poll for Best Tour.

Received 3 BRIT Award nominations, Best International Female Solo Artist, Best International Album, and Best Pop.

Has joined forces with Fetish, the cosmetic line to come out with a line of her own.

Won the 2004 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, with her song, "Beautiful".

Her much talked about, ground-breaking, record-setting video "Dirrty" cost an estimated $5 million dollars to make.

In the year 2003 she made an estimated $29.7 million in album sales and endorsement campaigns.

Her video, Fighter, has six nominations for the 2004 Music Video Production Association awards for best pop video, best hair and best makeup, best cinematography, best styling and best direction of a female artist.

Ranked #3 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women List of 2004.

Released an album, "Stripped", in October 2002. The first single from her album was released in mid-September.

One of Teen Peoples 25 Hottest Under 25 (2004).

She was named Glamour's very first Woman of the Year (2004).

She has four tattoos; on the back of her neck - "Xtina", on her left waist, on her left wrist and on her arm - "Te Amo Siempre".

Her infamous satin thong from her cover of a Maxim Magazine, was fetched by a lucky bidder on ebay for $1,542.69. The treasured thong was obtained from BBC Radio 1 personality Scott Mills, who got them from a pal at Maxim, according to the online description. The winner got more than the thong that once adorned the backside of Aguilera. The total ebay deal incuded a bottle of the pool water, a note from Mills, a note from a BBC producer, a letter from Maxim that included pointers from Aguilera and a copy of the racy Magazine itself.

Ranked #14 on VH1's The 50 Geatest Women of the Video Era.

Stated in a recent interview that she had all her piercings removed with the exception of the one in her right nipple.

She has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to approve over 450 items. Among the list are lingerie, crayons, skiwear, ropes and handcuffs.

Rolling Stone Magazine wrote that her video, Dirrty, is the most played music video of all time.

Is close friends with Lil' Kim.

Her mom, Shelly Kearns, was voted #2 for best showbiz mom, according to an In Touch magazine poll. She was out-voted by Justin Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless.

On 21 December 2003, she visited and donated $200,000 to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in Oakland, a domestic abuse shelter.

Recorded a remake of the disco classic "Carwash" with Missy Elliott.

Recorded a duet with Nelly of "Tilt Ya Head Back".

Ranked #13 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).

She is a spokesperson for Fetish (cosmetics), Coca-cola, Versace, Sketchers, MAC-cosmetics, Virgin-mobile, Mercedes, Declare, Xpose (perfume)

She is mentioned in the song "Riot Girl" by Good Charlotte.

Her husband Jordan Bratman is a music executive.

Graduated from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania (1999)

Attended Marshall Middle School in Wexford, Pennslyvania.

Is mentioned in Eminem's song "The real Slim Shady" and is spoofed in the song's music video

Her last name is Spanish for "Eyrie".

150,000 FHM Music TV fans decided that "Dirrty" is the sexiest video of all time (2005).

Us Weekly Young Hollywood Hot 20 list (2005).

She's an NPC (non playable character) in The Sims: Superstar, an expansion pack for The Sims.

Named #16 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.

Husband Jordan Bratman asked for Christina's hand in marriage with a 5-carat diamond and platinum Stephen Webster ring.

Sharon Stone and Justin Timberlake were among the 130 guests at her wedding toJordan Bratman.

Her mother, Shelly Loraine (Fidler), is American-born, and has English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and distant French and Dutch, ancestry. Her father, Fausto Xavier Aguilera, is Ecuadorian.

Named #27 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)

Ranked #8 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 women of 2002" supplement.

Was best friends with Britney Spears when they performed together on MMC (1989)

Her father Fausto was an Ecuador-born U.S. army sergeant, who split from her mom Shelly when Christina was 6.

Her idol is legendary singer Etta James.

Named #37 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).

Ranked #62 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

Had appeared on every one of Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of the year lists, for 11 years in a row. From 2000 until 2011, she appeared somewhere on the list, including taking the number 1 spot in 2003. However, she didn't appear on the 2012 list, which was the first time the list was fan-voted and not chosen by the editors of the magazine. Her 11 year streak is likely a record now.

Ranked #4 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.

Will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Other inductees include Brooks and Dunn, Ricky Martin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Harrison, Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Tim Robbins, Stan Lee and Howie Mandel.

Is good friends with Korean singer Jung-hyun Lee.

Lived in Japan for three years, before she starred on MMC (1989).

In January 2008, she sold the first photos of her newborn Max for $1,500,000.

Has sold over 17 million records since her first record, self-titled, Christina Aguilera, came out in August 24, 1999.

Ranked #8 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.

Was offered the role of Stephanie Necrophuros in Nine (2009), but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with her upcoming album recording. Kate Hudson was cast instead.

She pronounces her last name as "Ah-GEE-leh-ra" (not "Ah-Gwe-leh-ra"/ "Ah-Guh-leh-ra").

Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Max in order to begin recording her fourth studio album "Bionic".

Ranked #18 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.

Released her fourth studio album, Bionic, on June 8, 2010.

Released a greatest hits album, Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits fall of 2008.

Released her third album, Back to Basics, on August 15, 2006.

Released her second album, Stripped, on October 29, 2002.

Released her first album self entitled Christina Aguilera, on August 24, 1999.

Sang the National Anthem wrong at Super Bowl XLV. (Feburary 6, 2011).

Has sold 50 million albums worldwide.

Her second studio album "Stripped" has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Ranked #48 Sexiest Woman by the Spanish version of DT magazine (2011).

She was best friends with actress and singer Brittany Murphy for many years until Murphy's death on December 20, 2009 from pneumonia aged 32.

Made UK chart history in 2010 when her fourth studio album "Bionic" registered the largest weekly decline by a UK number one album by slipping 28 places to number 29. It also had the lowest first week sales for a number one album in eight years with just 24,000 copies sold.

Has an older half-sister named Ceres, who ran away to Bahia (Brazil) in the '80s to study marine biology, married and stayed there. Nowadays, divorced, she lives in Abrolhos, Bahia and is engaged in preserving the jubarte whale species.

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013).

Cancelled her North American summer tour with, Chingy, due to strained vocal cords. [May 2004]

touring her latest album "Stripped", in Europe, Australia,and Japan [October 2003]

Cardiff, Wales: Set to perform in a concert being planned to honor The King of Pop on October 8, 2011 at Millennium Stadium, along with Robinson, Smokey, Green, Cee Lo and others. [August 2011]

Is on tour with Justin Timberlake for their 2003 "Justified- Stripped Tour" [May 2003]

Released her third, highly-anticipated album, 'Back to Basics' on August 15th. [August 2006]

Working on her fourth studio album. [August 2008]

In the studio working on her fourth album! [August 2005]

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a son named Max Liron Bratman on January 12, 2008. Child's father is her now ex-husband, Jordan Bratman.

Gave birth to her first child down the hall from Nicole Richie who was also giving birth to her child.

Is in a relationship with Matthew D. Rutler since 2010 and they became engaged on Valentine's Day 2014. They have a daughter together.

Ranked #15 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 33, a daughter named Summer Rain Rutler on August 16, 2014 at Los Angeles Cedars Sinai via C-section. Child's father is her fiancé, Matthew D. Rutler.

Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Summer to resume mentoring on The Voice (2011).

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There is no truth to the rumors that we hate each other. I have no ill feeling for [Britney Spears] and vice versa. I am proud of all the achievements she has made in her career, she is a very hard-working person. I have nothing but love for her.

I like to be edgy, I like to be different. I'm a little bit of rebel.

It's funny how society places such strict standards upon young blonde females. We're supposed to play the clean-cut view the public wants of us. But I am not your little cookie-cutter virgin.

It's human nature to have a sexual side.

I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it's important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that's so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not dis other women for being proud of theirs!

You can take it or leave it, but I'm not going to change, not for anyone.

It's been quite a roller-coaster ride, But I think I've grown and learned a lot about myself. In this business, it's often all about hype, record sales, and a crazy schedule of traveling, performances, and it can be easy to get lost in all that. But for me, the greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch peoples' lives. I know that's a greater accomplishment than selling records. For that I give thanks. I simply love the job I'm doing.

Hold your head high and sway your hips when you walk!

Power is making a statement about who you are.

My parents divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I woundn't necessarily have had otherwise.

I have grown up now and have no need to dress like that anymore. I want my music to speak for me rather than the dress or lack of dresses I wore.

Confidence is the hugest thing - once you exude that, guys catch on.

[pn why she wrote the song "I'm OK", which is her take on her father Fausto Aguilera's abusive behavior before her parents separated] It is such a hush-hush topic because it happens in the home. I definitely wrote that song not to badmouth him at all, but one, for a healing process for myself, and two, to give people hope or a voice to relate to. To know that you can get through it and that it will be OK.

Be a strong female - don't be afraid of the flack that goes along with that.

Obviously, all the positives are very flattering and being compared to [Mariah Carey], and I get a lot of [Britney Spears] comparisons as well, and she's extremely talented, but we are two different artists and even when I'm doing radio interviews and stuff they want to ask me very personal questions about her and you have to be a little protective of yourself and what you say because there are so many people wanting to get you to say things and pulling you in so many directions.

My inspiration, I've had many, again, starting with Julie Andrews at a young age. But, growing up, I sang Whitney Houston songs in talent shows. But, when I discoveredMariah Carey and "Vision Of Love", that was a breath of fresh air and I adored her from that moment on and idolized her. It's really amazing that in articles I've been compared to her. It's truly unbelievable because, whenever I was younger, I would ask my mom, "Do you think I'll ever be as big and sing as well as Mariah Carey?" And now that it has happened, my mom says, "I knew it would happen".

I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing clothes that covered my entire body.

[on her childhood] I never really had this father figure, which never bothered me. I had my mom, I had people that did love me and care for me.

[on not having her father to walk her down the aisle at her wedding] I'm a performer. I can totally walk myself down the aisle. I just realized it would be really nice to have that male protector in your life, to have felt that your entire life, and to have that one person give you away to the next man that's going to take care of you.

[on having kids with her husband of one year, Jordan Bratman] In five years time I'd probably like to start thinking about a child.

Scrapbooking - I just love it! I could sit on the floor for weeks and put together collages, keepsakes and photos."

[about Sade]: When it comes to sexy, smooth, elegant R+B music, Sade IS the standard. I can't wait to hear her new work.

I felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. The Sound of Music (1965) looked like a form of release. I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I'd be in those hills. Sometimes, I still feel like going to the window and singing out all my troubles.

[on her emotional state preceding the recording of 'Stripped']: People betrayed me and I had a really hard time. That, along with what I'd been through with my family and my father and hard times at school meant I was knocked down. It was too much and I felt I'd been through the wringer - I was like a punch bag. I think talking to people is important and my family have helped me through it. I'd definitely be open to going to a therapist. I went when I was younger. But making this record ('Stripped') has been therapeutic. It's a tough record, it's personal and it's made me feel vulnerable. It's honest. Emotionally I've laid myself bare - it's what's in my heart. I've been writing a lot of poems and I wanted to disappear from the public eye and live life for a minute. I didn't want to play it safe.

People spend money on beauty potions, but a good night's rest makes all the difference.

[on her fluctuating weight/weight gain and body] I've been on all spectrums. I've been in this (business) for a long time. I came out on the scene when I was 17 years old. You can never be too much of anything. You can never be too perfect, too thin, too curvy, voluptuous this, that. I've been on all sides of the spectrum as far as any female in this business. You got to be a strong, powerful, very confident woman. Women, we are definitely under a microscope and under massive scrutiny. As long as I am happy in my own skin, that is all the confirmation I need. I have a boyfriend that loves my body. I love my body, my son is healthy and happy and that is all that matters.

[on her fluctuating weight] 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 have certain physical features that I favor over others. We all have our areas. When I worked on Burlesque, I lost so much weight that I was too skinny. I don't weigh myself - it's all about how I feel in my clothes. What looks good on one person might not look good on another body type. I happen to be very confident in my own skin. It takes time to get to that place, but it's all about embracing yourself and your body.

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 some people saying she is not Latina enough) I've dealt with that my whole life. I don't speak the language fluently. And I'm split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorian. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am.

When my son Max looked at me and said, 'Mommy, you look so pretty,' was a mommy moment I will never forget.

I'd rather do what I love and get tomatoes thrown at me than get up there and be fake and get applause. I've got to be me.

When I sing, I believe it is the only time I can be myself and express all of me and who I am. I find a home in music, and I hope my music and my voice allows others to find a home as well. That's why this is so important to me and so special.

The Voice (2011) $225.000 per episode (2011-2012)
The Voice (2011) $225.000 per episode (2012-2013)