Christina wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Everything that she has achieved has been because of her incredible talent which makes her meteoric rise to fame that much more impressive.
The pop princess had humble beginnings – her mom, Shelly Loraine, was a musician, and her dad Fausto Xavier Aguilera served as a United States Army soldier. Her childhood was turbulent as the family moved around the country because of her dad’s job. There have also been allegations that Christina’s father was abusive towards her and her mother.
Her incredible voice has earned her five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and (of course) a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As of 2015 she had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and accrued an estimated $130 million net worth. She was ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, becoming the youngest and the only artist under 30 to be named.
But, like all of us, there are some sides of Christina she’d rather keep hidden from the public. Some pictures she’d prefer us not to see, or remember. Well, we’ve gathered them all here for your pleasure!
15 Snubbing Justin Bieber
The world got to see many sides of Christina during her jaunt as a coach on The Voice. There were plenty of smiles and kisses of course – she can be so friendly when she wants to be – but there were also a few instances when cameras caught her looking less than happy. But it was the way she sneered at Justin Bieber that grabbed everyone’s attention.
Watch the video and decide for yourself because when the footage came out she strongly denied that she had snubbed Justin but in our opinion that face says it all. After he had finished on stage Justin came over to greet the judges and Christina politely hugs him and kisses him on the cheek. But as soon as he turns away – well as we said you can decide for yourself.
14 Her Short Lived Romance With Enrique
No one wants to be reminded of their ex’s – especially when you’re both stars forced to live out your personal life in the limelight. So it’s safe to say that Christina probably doesn't want to remember her short-lived romance with sultry singing sensation Enrique Iglesias.
Way back in 1998, the two were spotted dancing the night away after a concert in New York City. They didn’t go home together but following that encounter, the sexy pair went out quite a few times. According to insiders the romance quickly got hot and heavy but it seemed to fizzle out with the same speed that it heated up. They would have made a stunning couple but don’t fret Christina – we all have flings that don’t work out!
13 Forgetting The Words To The National Anthem
Okay, singing at the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal for a performer and it must be quite nerve-racking but forgetting the words to your countries national anthem? Come on Christina, get it together, we thought you were a pro!
Fans and sports stars couldn’t believe their ears when Aguilera omitted lines while performing the U.S. national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl XLV. It seems as though she forgot part of the anthem and remixed the vocals – repeating the lines she did know. She later apologized and said, “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through". Um, okay.
12 The Kiss
It’s gone down as one of the most outrageous moments ever seen at the MTV Video Music Awards – the moment when Madonna snogged Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears on stage. Christina and Britney were both trying to break out of their teen idol boxes at the time and Madge decided to help them out. In an epic, unforgettable way. The three were performing a raunchy version of Madonna’s hit song “Like a Virgin” when she grabbed them for a little girl on girl action.
It’s safe to say that this worked well— both girls were able to break out into bad girl personas after this performance although Britney may have taken it a little too far. It happened 14 years ago and the world still hasn’t forgotten this steamy moment.
11 Need Some Help There?
Life as a celebrity can be intense. You’re constantly moving from one place to another, attending events, concerts, parties and functions. And all those parties have one thing in common – plenty of alcohol to help the guests have the best time.
Now there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks but if you’re a celeb you have to know that if you get drunk the paparazzi is going to be right there, ready to snap you at your worst moment and share it with the world – whether you want them to or not. That’s exactly what happened here when Christina needed more than a little of help to leave a party. Not her finest moment, that’s for sure. She might have ended up on the ground if not for her handlers.
10 Leaky Situation
This is not the sort of thing you want people to remember you for. Especially at a funeral!
For many years Christina has included Blues singer Etta James along with other greats as part of her inspiration and influence. On Etta she said “Etta is my all-time favourite singer. I've said it for the last seven years – since I had my first debut record out – in every interview".
So after James passed away in 2012, Christina was asked to perform the song “At Last” at the funeral. But from the time she arrived on stage she looked distracted and fidgety and kept touching her legs. As she sang, something dark started running down her legs. The image went viral with many people assuming it was that time of the month or even that the singer had lost bladder control. An insider claims that it was actually bronzer which ran as the singer started to sweat.
9 Arrested For Public Intoxication
In September 2016 fans were shocked to see a mug shot of Christina making its way around the internet. The star is not known for getting into trouble so this was quite unusual. But what had she done to get herself arrested?
As more details leaked out it turned out that the old songstress had been arrested for public intoxication and that her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, was also arrested for driving under the influence. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore stated that no charges were brought against Christina and she was allowed to leave the following morning. He said, “We have no desire to prosecute, none whatsoever. It’s just for a public safety issue. She was not capable of taking care of herself. She was incapacitated.” Rutler was also later released on $30,000 bail.
8 Too Thin / Too Fat
Christina has reinvented her public persona many times throughout her career. She moved from pop princess to her darker alter ego “Xtina” in 2002/2003 with jet black hair and piercings. In 2004 she took on a more mature image complete with retro hairstyles inspired by classic movie stars like Marilyn Monroe.
Her weight became a hot topic when she started gaining weight around 2011/2012. And she didn’t shy away when she gained a few pounds either. She received widespread negative feedback about her weight gain which prompted yet another reinvention. In 2013 she unveiled a new svelte figure after losing a significant amount of weight. Not long afterward there was a fresh wave of gossip – this time criticizing her for being too thin. You’ll never please everyone, Christina.
7 Her Failed Marriage
Christina met music marketing executive Jordan Bratman in 2003 and after two years of dating, they announced their engagement. At the time Christina was working on the Back To Basics album and later admitted that her strong emotions for Jordan inspired many of the songs on the album. Aww... The two were married at a fairytale-like wedding in Napa Valley in late 2005 and had their first child (a daughter) just over two years later.
The couple looked set to have the perfect union but the fairytale ended when Christina abruptly filed for divorce in 2010. They became officially divorced on the 15th April 2011. Since then Christina has been dating Matthew Rutland and the pair have recently announced their engagement. Let’s hope this marriage works out better than the first.
6 Posing Topless
It’s one thing when a picture of a celeb topless gets leaked onto the internet but what about when they upload themselves? That’s exactly what Christina did back in August 2015 when she posted an intimate picture of herself on Instagram.
In the selfie, Christina is wearing just a frilly pair of panties and covering her breasts with her arms. Her trim taut tummy is on display and a playful leopard print fedora is balanced on her head. In the background, you can just make out her bathroom, full of candles and crystals. When she uploaded the picture she added "Just so you know with me, it's all real, all the time. Felt like it was time to start sharing some personal stuff with you guys... And it's just the beginning. Night night. X" Needless to say her 1 million followers were quite surprised.
5 Wearing Real Fur
Fashion has been a huge part of Christina’s musical career and she has used various looks to market herself and her style of music. She frequently wears clothes designed by top designers such as Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen. But her passion for Roberto Cavalli’s threads almost landed her in hot water back in 2006.
During her Back to Basics tour, Aguilera performed in a white fur stole designed by Cavalli. It looked stunning but there was something she didn’t know about the stole – it was made from the fur of a real white fox. Christina was contacted by PETA, who sent her a video documenting the treatment of foxes and she immediately replaced the item. Her spokesperson said that she had been very upset by the incident. Talk about a fashion faux-pas.
4 Where's The Rest Of Your Outfit?
We love a success story, and we love that stars like Christina can reinvent themselves and come back looking hotter than ever. But just because you’ve lost weight doesn’t mean we want to see every little bit of you – leave something to the imagination!
That was the general reaction when Christina popped up at the 2016 MTV VMAs wearing... well... not much to be perfectly honest. For starters there was just way too much bronzer – not attractive – and what happened to the rest of her outfit? Her wrap-around top showed off her tight tummy sure but couldn’t she at least have worn a skirt instead of that scrap of denim? You’re hot Xtina, you look amazing at 36 – but we really need you to be classy too!
3 Pale And Smudged
If I was Christina, this is definitely a picture I would want to keep under wraps. But alas, when you become a highly recognizable artist photographers are going to catch you at your best and your worst moments. This looks like a pretty bad moment.
Taken after another late night Christina looks pretty much exhausted in this unflattering shot – maybe even a little drunk. It would seem that she reapplied her lipstick at some stage as well but missed the red smudge that had spread up her cheek. She looks pale and drawn and her eyes are heavy. Just another reminder that life isn’t perfect for anyone all the time – even if you are a gorgeous singing legend with a net worth of $130 million!
2 Mickey Mouse Club Days
It’s quite a dramatic transformation isn’t it? Can you believe that little girl on the left became the woman on the right?
Growing up she was known locally as "the little girl with the big voice.” Christina started singing in school concerts and then applied to join the cast of the Mickey Mouse Club in 1991. On the show, she performed alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. After leaving the show she received recognition when her song “Reflection” topped out at number 19 on US radio billboards and won her a nomination for Best Original Song. In 1999 she signed with RCA Records and the rest is history.
It seems like so long ago – I wonder how Christina remembers her days in the MMC?
1 Put The Bronzer Down And Back Away Slowly
Someone needs to confiscate that bronzer – the poor woman looks positively orange! This shot is from Christina's ”Xtina” days when she wore her hair black and went for a more edgy vibe. Now we’re not sure what the makeup artist was thinking here (and if they were thinking at all) but this isn’t a good look at all. There’s pink pouty lipstick, plastered on makeup and about two pints of bright orange bronzer which makes the singer look more like a doll than a person.
We’re not even going to talk about what she’s doing with her hands. All we know is that this is more than likely one of the pictures the songstress would rather have us forget about. Sorry, Christina, the internet records it all!