Christina Aguilera: Snapshot

Name
Christina Aguilera
Date of Birth
December 18, 1980
Birth Place
Staten Island, N.Y.
It was the battle of the ex-Mouseketeers: Christina Aguilera versus Britney Spears, both up for the 2000 Grammy for Best New Artist. Spears was the heavy favorite, but with her undeniably powerful voice, Aguilera won the award.

The pint-sized singer pulled away from the rest of her pop princess contemporaries with such hits as "Beautiful" and made eye-catching videos, including the one for "Dirrty," where a chaps- and bikini-clad Aguilera calls on backup dancers to get "just a little naughty." Her pin-up girl looks helped her land campaigns for Versace, M.A.C. and Skechers.

Offstage, Aguilera found love with executive Jordan Bratman, whom she married in 2005 and welcomed son Max in 2008. But in October 2010, the singer filed to end her nearly five-year marriage. Shortly after, she moved on with Matthew Rutler, a set assistant from her film Burlesque. The pair got engaged in 2014 and welcomed their first child together, daughter Summer, that August.

Christina Aguilera: Video

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The Grammy winner shows off her playful boy – a "total ham!" – and talks about her upcoming disc! (01:57)

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Christina Aguilera: Five Fun Facts

  1. In 1992, Christina Aguilera belted out the national anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team and the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. The 11-year-old was the youngest person to perform the national anthem at a major sporting event at the time.
  2. When Christina Aguilera was a member of The New Mickey Mouse Club in the mid-'90s, the other members nicknamed her "Diva."
  3. Christina Aguilera has five tattoos: "Xtina" on the back of her neck; one above her left hip; one on her left wrist; "Te Amo Siempre" on her left elbow and a Hebrew psalm lyric meaning "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" on her lower back.
  4. By 2004, Christina Aguilera had 11 piercings removed with the exception of the one in her right nipple. She said she'd gotten the them as a release during bad times.
  5. A satin thong that Christina Aguilera wore on the cover of Maxim magazine was purchased on eBay for $1,542.69.

Christina Aguilera: Biography

1980s

Christina Aguilera

Military Brat

Aguilera and her family move several times because of her father's military career and finally settle down in Wexford, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh. Her parents, Fausto Xavier Aguilera, an Ecuadorian immigrant who pursued a career in the U.S. Army, and Shelley Loraine Fidler, a professional violin and piano player, split up when she is 6. At one point Aguilera lives with her grandmother.

1990

Christina Aguilera

March 15

Shooting Star

In her first television appearance, Aguilera sings Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love" on Star Search and earns a strong second-place showing.

1993

Christina Aguilera

Mouse Mania

Aguilera auditions for The New Mickey Mouse Club and becomes a Mouseketeer along with future pop stars Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez and Britney Spears, as well as actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. After two seasons on the show, Aguilera decides to go her own way. She and her mother move to Japan, where she records the hit duet "All I Wanna Do" with Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Jill Greenberg/Corbis Outline

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Courtesy Christina Aguilera; Big Pictures; Everett

Edited by Julia Wang

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