Christina Aguilera, 39, is happily embracing her body despite battling anxiety over her appearance on a regular basis and she’s not worrying about what anyone else thinks. The singer admitted that she can be “hypercritical” about herself in certain moments but she’s always trying to “push” herself to be the best person she can be, in a new revealing interview with L’Officiel Italia. ”I have often clashed with my anxieties and with being hypercritical towards myself, but I have never stopped looking for new ways to push myself further, without neglecting to protect myself,” she told the outlet when discussing accepting herself for who she is.
She further explained that even though some members of society may not think she looks “pretty or perfect”, she thinks they need to “get over” the fact that she’s not going on a “diet” to change any part of herself that’s “unique.” “I’m not going on a diet, get over it … Each of us is an individual and people judge you based on your differences, on what makes you unique,” she said. “You have to accept that beauty and to hell with everything else.”
“True beauty for me is the ability to know you and project what you are in an unmistakable light,” she added. “Not always pretty, far from perfect, but pure.” She went on to also give advice to others who may be trying to navigate through anxiety and/or body image issues.
“Be kind to yourself. We are all walking on the path of inner research, it is our work as human beings and each one follows a different path, so it makes no sense to make comparisons,” she explained. “‘Swim in your lane. If you waste time looking over your shoulder to see what others are doing, you lose sight of it,’ is the best advice I’ve ever been given.”
Christina’s confidence and ability to accept herself for who she is may have to do with the years she’s spent in the spotlight. She had her first major breakthrough in 1999, when she topped the music charts with her single “Genie in a Bottle”. She went on to release many more hit songs and albums and has flourished in her personal life as well.
She was married to Jordan Bratman, 43, from 2005 until 2011 and they share a son Max Liron,12, together. After their separation, she happily became romantically involved with her current partner, Matthew Rutler, 35, with whom she shares daughter Summer Rain, 6, in 2010. The lovebirds became engaged in 2014.