Christina Aguilera

@xtina

I like to be as free as possible at all times.

I'm not a judgmental person, so I can't comment on someone else's background.

I'm content with life, and I'm finally at that place where I feel relaxed and can really enjoy what's going on around me.

I'm experimental by nature... always exploring my creativity.

I have those days where I'm PMSing and bloated.

I feel so fortunate.

My mom brought me up to believe that my talent is a gift and a blessing.

Getting older, you just don't want to sing fluffy.

I don't even watch my own show: I tape it, I'm out.

I've always been really good with my heels. Even pregnant, I could perform in heels.

In order to effect great change, we need to look at how we can help those in our own communities as well as globally.

I turned to music originally because of my past and needing a release or an outlet to get out anger or frustration or hurt.

Target is one of the best at really listening to the artist and understanding what they are about.

I definitely love women. They are more attractive to the naked eye.

I just get really bored with sticking to the norm and having the proper conservative image. That's just so not me.

I think you can really gauge my state of mind by listening to my albums.

I do reinvent old hits of mine and sort of give them a new life.

My body can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore - my body is just not on the table that way anymore.

I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love.

Certain people want to see me solely as a pop act, but there are many different sides to Christina Aguilera besides the pop girl.

I'm a lucky girl.

My son is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me.

My parent's divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn't necessarily have had otherwise.

I find fragrance to be such a mood enhancer and definitely a seduction tool.

Pop is actually my least favorite kind of music, because it lacks real depth.

It's an amazing thing to say, 'I'm beautiful,' without feeling like you're cocky.

I'm an ocean, because I'm really deep. If you search deep enough you can find rare exotic treasures.

When I learned how millions of children go to bed hungry, my only response was, 'What can I do to help?'

Basically, what I'm saying is there is nothing fake about what I do. I'm up-front, I'm real, I'm honest and I'm open with my feelings.

I look back at the looks I've had over the years. I'm proud of myself that I had the courage to experiment with crazy hairstyles and some fashion things. Would I do it again? No. But that's part of the learning process and getting from point A to point B.

I stray away from formulaic, the formatted.

I always wanted to have my own album recorded and released before I graduated high school.

People don't always want to have females as leaders.

I'm a big micro manager; I'm a stickler about organisation; everything needs a place, a purpose, and micro managing myself even when I'm in the studio.

I've never watched an entire episode of 'American Idol'. It's too mean.

For me the visual is just as important as the music.

I love my body.

I think it's really great when you stand up for something that you really believe, even if you get heat for it.

Mormons aren't gonna buy my album but, you know, what are you gonna do?

I want to be a poet and have a chance to explore that and let people know what's really on my mind.

I don't want to believe my own hype.

Sometimes you just know what you're placed on this earth to do.

I really don't spend any time on the Internet, so I guess I live a little under a rock in that respect.

Being a mother, singer and actress is a definite juggling act, but I don't think I would be comfortable any other way.

I was known as the little girl with the big voice.

I feel things deeply.

I embraced being a pop artist, but I like doing it on my own terms, at my own pace.

The most successful people I've worked with, like the Rolling Stones - people of a different, kind of legendary caliber - have such great, warm energy.

I always wanted to have my own album released before I graduated from high school.

I have more than one side of me that likes to get out on a stage and sing.

I'm not a 9-to-5 woman who has the same kind of lifestyle for years on end. I couldn't do it.

I'm a bit of a night owl because that's when I feel the most creative and alive.

The blind audition process can be nerve-wracking.

I really love traveling to Japan.

It's a big responsibility to help someone express themselves as an artist.

I have always been one to encourage perseverance.

Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.

I hate working out - I have to mentally push myself through it. I can get very whiny, saying things like, 'I can't do it!'

Whatever I do, it's my business. It's not my job to parent America.

We take food for granted, but it isn't a luxury for many people.

I still got the nasty in me.

I felt caged by my childhood.

Everybody needs that one person that takes you to the right place to see all the positives in your life.

People expect me to cry, but I always laugh when things go wrong.

It's always nerve-wracking when you're hosting 'Saturday Night Live.' You either sink or swim.

I'm not just another bimbo.

When success comes, people can try to trick you or take advantage of you.

When I first came out there was no such thing as Twitter or Facebook. And the blogs! Like, what is that?

Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale.

My future daughter is not going to go through what I did.

I don't see anything wrong with being comfortable with my own skin.

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?

I'm embracing many different things, but it's all feel-good.

All I want to do is be normal. But really, it's other people who won't let me be that way.

I still have my eyes on the prize: I want to be that old lady onstage shaking her hips and singing her greatest hits.

There was no way in hell I was going to jeopardize my baby for my show.

The roughest road often leads to the top.

I love doing normal things - movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths - that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums.

Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on.

I remember watching the Grammys and looking at the performances and crying to my mom, saying how much I wanted to be there.

I love theatrics and have a huge imagination: Why would I want to sit onstage and sing a bunch of ballads back-to-back?

I've been through my highs, I've been through my lows; I've been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body.

Now everyone is a critic.

I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home.

I'm a hard worker and I really give to my fans through my shows.

I don't think I could ever really be with a woman because that's a lot of... Yeah, there's a lot of estrogen and I'm a lot to deal with when it's that time of the month, so I can't imagine it times two.

I have a lot of aggression in me that needs to come out in a not-very-precise or articulate way.

I don't want to talk about genies in bottles anymore.

I'm not really religious but very spiritual. I give money to this company that manufactures hearing aids on a regular basis. More people should really hear me sing. I have a gift from God.

After I had my son, Max, I knew I wanted to get involved in causes that help children.

It's definitely a dream come true to be recognized and to be able to sign autographs. But, it's also a lot of hard work and can be draining. If you don't know already, you will quickly learn who your real friends are.

Toward the end of my pregnancy, I felt really big - I gained about 40 pounds, which is a lot for my size.

I'm one that likes to collaborate.

I really feel free and not as serious as I have been in the past.

I don't think there is such a thing as being too raunchy when it comes to the art form of burlesque.

When I first met my husband, I needed that helping hand to take the reins and look after me.

I have fun being sexy and tough at the same time.

Red lips and fragrance always top off an outfit for me.

I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am.

I got along better with the guys than with the girls. Only two girls came up to talk to me. Later I found out they were telling their boyfriends, 'If you talk to her, I'll kill you.' It's always rough with that high school thing.

The road is a lot of work.

That's why I wrote 'Fighter'. I have that need in me to help people. I am all about the underdog.

What is it in us that makes us feel the need to keep pretending... we gotta let ourselves be.

I try to stay focused on my creativity.

The artists I look up to are the ones who push their own limits.

My fans do deserve to see me back out on the road.

I was brought up in a household of chaos and I never felt stable at home.

When you're young, it's so easy to get bull-dozed.

It's important to take time for your spouse and nurture the relationship.

I went through my first big breakup, with a boyfriend who I had been with for more than two years. He had been one of my dancers, and it was my first love and his.

I was very pushed to look a certain way and act a certain way, and it wasn't me, but I played by their rules to get my foot in the door.

I'm very protective of how much I let people see.

I don't weigh myself - it's all about how I feel in my clothes.

The most vulnerable people have tough exteriors because they are very scared inside, and it's very hard for people like that - people like me - to open up. But playing it safe means you stop being open to learning. I always try to find the challenges.

I never mind contorting myself for a good cause.

I love color - I'm not a beige kind of girl.

I didn't want to do something that was easy for me.

I don't have anything to hide but what happens is the media tend to beat up what I say.

I think it's a given that people know what I can do vocally.

I want to be an all round entertainer, I want to act, make films, make albums, do whatever I can.

Right now I'm pretty single... My career is my boyfriend.

I have certain physical features that I favor over others. We all have our areas.

I'm at peace.

I think they say that when you're breast feeding, you know, your weight kind of slims down. It's a little easier. It's like a workout within itself. It's very tiring actually and you find yourself snacking more often.

I'm not being like, 'Hey, everybody, I'm pregnant!' I'm not that girl.

I have spoken honestly about being born into a home where there was discord and chaos. I saw my mom have a rough time with my dad being very controlling, which is why I push back whenever I feel like someone is trying to box me in. It makes me run for the hills.

It can be hard in this business, especially when you're very young, to figure out who you can and can't trust.

My first love was singing and I had no time for boys.

I have six-year-old fans that weren't even around for 'Genie in a Bottle' or even 'Fighter.'

I'm a businesswoman.

When I'm traveling on tour, one of my favorite things to do is to throw a baseball cap on and go to a Target. The company has always been good to me. They've got such a great creative team.

I think everybody should have a great Wonderbra. There's so many ways to enhance them, everybody does it.

I think all of us as women have this super-human quality. We create life, we give life, we are the sources of life for our children - we're all pretty bionic.

I have a lot of things to say and a lot of things to let out of me.

I was never into the boy crazy thing because I was very focused on my career.

It's been quite a roller coaster ride, but I've grown and learned a lot about myself. The greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch people's lives... for that I give thanks.

I want to look good when people see me.

It's been a joy to be a part of other people's journey, to be able to inspire and be a part of new singers coming up in this business.

I'm a risk taker and I've always been like that, especially when it comes to fashion.

I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl.

You used to have to sing and convey emotion, and now, well, technically you can do anything with technology. It sucks for music today, but that's why that old music feels so good to me.

To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists' careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms.

I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say.

It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight.

Growing up with the childhood that I had, I learned to never let a man make me feel helpless, and it also embedded a deep need in me to always stick up for women.

When you're part of a pop phenomenon, you have so many opinions shoved down your throat.

I am a woman who has my extreme vulnerable side and my baggage - and at times I feel extremely weak.

When you're unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer.

A lot of people are afraid to face themselves, especially when something goes wrong. But that's important, because if something happens within a relationship, it could be how you're allowing someone else to treat you.