Christina & intervjuaren Bill Werde
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Christina Aguilera’s Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her two-toned blonde/bright red hair: She dropped some f-bombs, spoke plainly about her career, and even belted out a bit of a classic tune.
“Now everyone is a critic,” she said with a smile, on the subject of the tabloid press and online bloggers. “I don’t read blogs. It’s just God-knows-who in Buttf— wherever writing hate sh–. You can’t take it seriously. I’m sure you’ve all been hated on at some point by buttf— people.”
“Sometimes you just know what you’re placed on this earth to do,” she said of her early days. “Through my childhood I had sort of a chaotic past and upbringing. Music came as a sort of release and escape. Inevitably, you’re going to stray toward that path. I started out as a wedding singer singing at block parties at 6, 7 years old. Then came ‘Star Search.’ That was my first big break at 7 years old. Ed McMahon couldn’t say my name right.”
She talked about auditioning for then-A&R man Ron Fair in his office. The pair are still friends. “Our kids go to the same pre-school,” she noted. “I walked into his office and he was like, ‘Sing for me.’ I whipped out Whitney Houston’s “Preacher’s Wife” gospel songs. That stayed in his mind.”
“It’s hard being such a powerful woman in the business. I’m known for not always being warm and fuzzy, because you’ll just get bulldozed over. You learn to put up this little protective shield, but it’s because of something. In my music, I come off as being very open about being insecure, vulnerable and sensitive sometimes. Then I’ll go onstage and be this powerhouse force to be reckoned with.” It’s all about that balance, she added.
Part of the way she maintains that balance, she said, is by avoiding the tabloids. “I’m a mother. I’m a businesswoman. I have a zillion and one things going on in my head, on my plate, creatively. I put my son to bed then I go right into my backyard, which is my studio house. It’s a lot. I really truly don’t have time for the static noise. It’s just not real. They’re not real magazines. It’s trash. It’s rumors.”
“If my son has a cute picture of him playing soccer one day, I’ll be like, ‘Oh, forward me that,’ but my publicist will tell you, I don’t want to hear the good or the bad,” she added. “I don’t want to believe my own hype. I want to stay hungry and stay eager and be the best that I can be.”
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