When it comes to winning Grammys, the signature red-lipstick-wearing Christina Aguilera knows a thing or two about it, with at least 5 Grammys under her wings. With over 75 million records sold worldwide, Aguilera has come a long way from her Pop Princess days. Over the years, she has tried her hands at non-music gigs including acting, and reality TV. Here is her story…
Christina Aguilera Bio (Age, and Other Background Info)
Aguilera was born as Christina María Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. She is the daughter of Fausto Xavier Aguilera, an army sergeant and Shelly Loraine. From her mother’s side, Christina is of Irish, Dutch, Welsh, and German descent.
Growing up wasn’t so much fun for Christina whose dad became abusive. To escape his wrath, Christina’s mom eloped with her to a Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania. Christina was 6 years old at the time.
Watching her mom play the violin, Christina picked up an early interest in music. By the age of 8, in elementary school, she had won a school talent competition where she rendered Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”.
Aguilera continued to sing and landed the name “The little girl with the big voice.” A year after winning the talent competition, she competed in Star Search and emerged second-place. At this time, Christina who had been a victim of bullying since her talent began to put her in the spotlight, had to quit school and become homeschooled as the bullies were getting out of hand.
She joined the cast of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” which also featured Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Her big break came with her next gig – a soundtrack for the animated film Mulan. The song received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original songs and thrust Aguilera further into the limelight. Consequently, she got a record with RCA and the rest, as they say, is history.
Christina enjoyed instant success with her records. Her debut self-titled album and was a massive hit selling over 17 million copies worldwide. It was preceded by hit singles like “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.”
As years passed, so did Aguilera’s sound and appearance evolve. As she attained adulthood, she transitioned into a provocative image that seemed to sit well with her fans. This new image saw her score big with songs like “Dirty” and “Beautiful.” From the year 2010, Aguilera experienced less success with her music, however, she kept on doing music, mostly collaborating with other artists. She was featured on Maroon 5’s hit song “Moves Like Jagger.”
Her Net Worth
As with every musician, Christina Aguilera’s two major sources of income are record sales and touring. Her “Justified and Stripped Tour” alongside Justin Timberlake grossed over $30.2 million. “Back To Basics Tour” brought in almost $50 million and was the highest-grossing tour by a female artist in 2007. The feat attracted the attention of Forbes who pegged her net worth at $60 million.
As her musical success wanned, Aguilera sought success in other fields. Her 2010 film Burlesque was a commercial and critical success. Christina has attracted a number of endorsement partners over the years which help to bolster her income. Some of her partners have included the likes of Versace, Levi’s, MAC Cosmetics Sears, and more. London’s Harrods in 2014 paid her $300,000.
Christina has also earned big as one of the coaches on the musical game show, The Voice. She landed the gig in 2011 and remained for 3 consecutive seasons. Her salary for the role peaked at $15 million. Atypical of music stars, Christina Aguilera owns a fashion and fragrance line which also pulls in millions in sales. With all of that said her net worth is estimated at $160 million.
Christina’s Husband and Kids
Christina Aguilera met music producer Jordan Bratman in 2002 in Atlanta where she had traveled to make a solo album. They began working together and it wasn’t long before they added pleasure to the mix. After a 3-year whirlwind romance, Bratman popped the Q during their Valentine’s day getaway in Carmel, California. They got married in a Jewish wedding on November 19, 2005. The union was going well and in 2008, they welcomed a son, Max Liron Bratman.
Unfortunately, things began to turn sour in 2010 and the couple filed for divorce. She revealed to People that the reason for the divorce was because they were “both looking for different things” and that they “just weren’t right for each other.”
Aguilera next began dating Matt Rutler whom she met on the set of her 2010 film Burlesque. She began dating him right after she filed for divorce from Bratman. Starting off slow, things began to build stronger between them and soon they became engaged.
Christina took to her Twitter page on Valentine’s day 2014 to announce her engagement to Butler flaunting the rock he gave her.
In 2015, the engaged couple welcomed a daughter named Summer Rain Rutler.
Height and Weight
The musician is 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57 m) and it is estimated that she weighs around 50 kg.