When it comes to winning Grammys, characteristic red lipstick-wearer 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 is far from her pop princess days. Over the years she has tried her hand at performing without music, including acting and reality TV. Here is her story…
Christina Aguilera Bio (Age, and Other Background Info)
Aguilera was born as Christina María Aguilera on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. She is the daughter of Fausto Xavier Aguilera, an army sergeant, and Shelly Loraine. On her mother’s side, Christina is of Irish, Dutch, Welsh, and German descent.
Growing up was not so much fun for Christina, whose father was abused. To escape his anger, Christina’s mother ran off with her to a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rochester, Pennsylvania. Christina was 6 years old at the time.
While watching her mother play the violin, Christina became interested in music at an early age. At the age of 8, in elementary school, she had already won a talent contest where she performed Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”.
Aguilera continued singing and landed the name “The little girl with the big voice”. A year after she won the talent contest, she entered the Star Search and finished second. At this point, Christina, who had been the victim of bullying since her talent began to bring her into the limelight, had to drop out of school and be taught at home as the bullies got out of control.
She joined the cast of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club”, which included Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Her big breakthrough came with her next performance – a soundtrack for the cartoon Mulan. The song received a Golden Globe nomination for best original song and put Aguilera further into the spotlight. As a result, she received a record on RCA and the rest is, as they say, history.
Christina had immediate success with her records. Her self-titled debut album was a huge success and sold over 17 million copies worldwide. It was preceded by hit singles like “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants”.
Over the years, Aguilera’s sound and appearance also evolved. When she reached adulthood, she changed into a provocative image that seemed to appeal to her fans. This new image brought her great success with songs like “Dirty” and “Beautiful”. From 2010 Aguilera had less success with her music, but she continued to make music, mostly in collaboration with other artists. She could be heard on the Maroon 5 hit “Moves Like Jagger”.
Her Net Worth
As with any musician, Christina Aguilera’s two main sources of income are record sales and tours. Her “Justified and Stripped Tour” alongside Justin Timberlake brought in over 30.2 million dollars. The “Back To Basics Tour” brought in nearly $50 million and was the tour with the highest sales of any artist in 2007, attracting the attention of Forbes, which estimated her net worth at $60 million.
As her musical success waned, Aguilera sought success in other areas. Her 2010 film Burlesque was a commercial and critical success. Christina has attracted a number of sponsorship partners over the years, helping to increase her income. Her partners have included Versace, Levi’s, MAC Cosmetics Sears, and others. In 2014, London Harrods paid her $300,000.
Christina has also made a lot of money as one of the coaches of the musical game show The Voice. She got the 2011 gig and stayed with it for 3 consecutive seasons. Her salary for this role reached a peak of 15 million dollars. Atypically for music stars, Christina Aguilera owns a fashion and perfume line that also generates millions in sales. With all this, her net worth is estimated at 160 million dollars.
Christina’s Husband and Kids
Christina Aguilera met music producer Jordan Bratman in Atlanta in 2002, where she had traveled to make a solo album. They started working together and it didn’t take long before they started enjoying the mix. After a three-year whirlwind romance, Bratman burst the Q during her Valentine’s Day outing in Carmel, California. They were married in a Jewish wedding on November 19, 2005. The marriage went well and in 2008 they welcomed a son, Max Liron Bratman.
Unfortunately, things started to get sour in 2010 and the couple filed for divorce. She revealed to people that the reason for the divorce was that they “were both looking for different things” and that they “just weren’t right for each other”.
Next, Aguilera began dating Matt Rutler, whom she met on the set of her 2010 film Burlesque. She started dating him right after she filed for divorce from Bratman. After a slow start, things between them started to get stronger and soon they got 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 2 inches taller than 5 feet (1.57 m) and it is estimated that she weighs around 50 kg.