Christina Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Aguilera rose to prominence in the early 2000’s and has so far sold over 50 million records worldwide while winning at least 5 Grammy Awards. Read on to discover how she rose to fame as well as other contributions to her wealth.
Christina María Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. Her father Fausto Xavier Aguilera was an army sergeant and was in the United State Military service. He is an Ecuadorian but her mom Shelly Loraine is of German, Irish, Welsh and Dutch descent.
From the age of 6, Christina was raised in a Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania, where her mom Shelly, a musician had moved after divorcing her allegedly abusive father. Before they finally moved to Pittsburg, Christina and her family had lived in different states and a foreign country including New Jersey, New York, Texas and Japan due to the nature of Fausto’s work.
Christina soon developed a passion for music, taking after her mom, who was skilled at playing the piano and violin. She used music to forget the troubles and abuse that she claims existed in her house.
Her mother Shelly later gave love a second chance after her separation with Fausto Xavier Aguilera, marrying Jim Kearns in 1991. They share one child Micheal Mikey Kearns.
Aguilera’s mother motivated her to show off her talents. While in elementary school, Aguilera’s amazing voice attracted much envy from schoolmates. Undeterred, she continued expressing her talents and soon won a talent competition at the age of 8, with a rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. “The little girl with the big voice” as she was so called continued to make waves. At the age of 9, she got into the nationally syndicated talent show “Star Search” and emerged second-place, rendering Etta James’s “A Sunday Kind of Love”. However, the bullying in school intensified forcing her to become home-schooled.
Her musical aspirations progressed in 1993 when she joined Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” which also featured fellow aspiring musicians like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
Christina’s next big step came in 1998 when she was selected to sing “Reflection” the soundtrack to the animated movie “Mulan”. This came after she submitted her cover of Whitney’s “I Look To You” to Walt Disney.
The star hasn’t been close to her father who according to her was abusive physically and emotionally to her mother, herself and her sister Rachel. She, however, insisted to maintain her surname Aguilera because she thought she was an Aguilera. The singer thinks she may still patch things up with her easily angered dad although they have not reconnected for many years now.
What To Know About Christina Aguilera’s Husband and Kids
Christina has two kids; Max Liron Bratman, from her ex-husband Jordan Bratman and Summer Rain Rutler with her fiance Matthew. She got engaged to Jordan Bratman after dating him for two years. They married months after their engagement in 2005 and wish of having a baby came alive in 2008 when she had Max.
However, their relationship hit a rocky path that led to separation in 2011. Their divorce was later finalised in 2015. Nobody is sure what led to their divorce but Christina one time mentioned that they looked in different directions of life.
In 2014, Mattew Rutler came into her world and rocked it for good reasons. The pair has been together. Max is already making some cash for his mom. In 2008, Aguilera was paid $1.5 million by People Magazine for the first photos of her first baby, Max
Income and Earnings
“Reflection” peaked on the charts and received a Golden Globe nomination for the Best Original song, attracting worldwide recognition and of course plenty of cash for the young starlet. The success of the soundtrack led to the signing of her first recording deal with RCA Records.
Christina was immediately successful in her professional career. Her debut single “Genie in a Bottle” was a massive hit, selling over 1.4 million copies and topping the Hot 100 charts. Chart-topping singles like “What a Girl Wants” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” soon followed. Her debut eponymous album released in 1998 topped the Billboard 200 and sold over 8 million in the US and 17 million copies worldwide, thus launching her into the millionaire’s club. Thanks to the massive success of the album, Christina won her first Grammy for Best New Artist.
Her subsequent works in 2000 included Latin studio album “Mi Reflejo” which was highly successful among the Latin populace receiving 6 X platinum certification and holiday album “My Kind of Christmas” which sold over 1 million copies in the US.
As common with former Disney child stars, Christina made a bold transition into adulthood with highly sexual themed singles like “Dirty” and “Beautiful” which were highly successful. Though her new provocative image which included tattoos and piercings was met with mixed reviews, it didn’t prevent the success of the succeeding album. “Stripped” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 330,000 copies in week 1. The album has sold over 4.3 million copies in the US and 13 million copies worldwide.
Christina also began earning big bucks from touring. Alongside Timberlake, she co-headlined the “Justified and Stripped Tour” which grossed over $30.2 million. Next up was her own solo tour “The Stripped Tour”.
To support her fifth studio album which peaked atop the Billboard charts, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide, Christina headlined the worldwide “Back To Basics Tour” which grossed over $48.2 million from 81 stops to become the highest grossing female tour of 2007. In the same year, Forbes estimated her wealth at $60 million.
The success of Christina’s latest musical endeavours pales compared to her earlier works. However, she continues to feature with other top acts. She was featured on the Maroon 5 hit single “Moves Like Jagger” which has sold over 7 million copies.
Music and touring may be the primary sources of Christina’s cash flow, however, the pop star has enjoyed commercial success in other fields including Hollywood. Her role in 2010 film Burlesque which grossed over $120 million worldwide was highly praised.
Her celebrity status has also landed her a plethora of endorsement and licensing deals. She has signed endorsement pacts with the likes of MAC Cosmetics, Versace, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Sears, Sony Ericsson and more. Christina was paid approximately $300,000 by London’s Harrods to open a summer sale in 2014.
She also owns a clothing and fragrance line with the latter enjoying more success especially in the UK where it frequently ranks among the country’s best-sellers.
One of Christina’s most successful gig outside music is her role as one of the judges on NBC music game show “The Voice” which began in April 2011. She has served as a judge on the show for 3 consecutive and 3 non-consecutive seasons. Her highest salary for the role was $15 million. Overall, Christina Aguilera’s Net Worth is put at $160 million.
Christina Aguilera Height & Weight
Christina Aguilera has had a fair share of struggles with her weight. She has gained and lost some pounds over the years. However, the talented star has managed to maintain her original skinny physique.
Her weight loss tips to people looking to shed off some pounds include alcohol reduction, cutting down on dairy products, munching on healthy snacks rather than sandwiches as well as omitting sugar-containing or sweetened dairy products.
At 1.57m, Christina is nowhere the tallest entertainer in Hollywood. But she has a lot of money and she is breaking down boundaries, so who cares? Plus she is beautiful and has a nicely proportionate body.