Christina Aguilera says that being a child star certainly had a lot of ups and downs. As a matter of fact, it down right sucked at times. The former chart topper opened up about the hardships of being a child star and how she was pitted against some of her friends.
Christina rose to fame following her appearance on The All New Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Here’s what she has to say.
In a new interview with Health Magazine, Christina opened up about her success, her childhood trauma and some of the hardships she had to endure both behind the scenes and in the public eye.
She also admitted that there were certainly times when her endurance was put to the test when she had to work around the clock and was often compared to some of her friends.
Christina Aguilera Says Being A Child Star Sucked
“That grind is praised, but I think we’re all understanding that having moments to self-reflect and just breathe are crucial. I’ve been working since I was 7 years old. When I’m not working, there’s a heavy amount of guilt that I feel. It’s been embedded in me since I was little—you’re shamed if you don’t want to keep up. As a child [entertainer], you’re all pitted against one another, and other children are all about that grind too. It’s a weird space to grow up in,” Christina said.
However, Christina said that if there’s one thing that has remained consistent in her life, it’s the fact that she’s managed to stay truthful to herself.
“I’m proud of my honesty. It’s a really hard thing to stick to in this business, especially when you’ve grown up under a microscope at a time when society was very critical of young women. I’ve had to work through a lot of insecurities in front of everybody. Every setback has catapulted me forward. I think that’s my fighting spirit. And, at the end of the day, living that truth and being honest has always propelled me forward,” she said.
What’s more, Christina also said that the coronavirus pandemic has helped her realize what’s most important in her life: her family. The singer has two children, Max, 13, and Summer, 6.
“It was a great time to be hunkered down in my house with my kids. I really got a moment to do little things, like be in my backyard, read books that had been on my to-read list, and go through my old diaries. I have this massive trunk of old diaries that I’ve literally kept from the past 20 years of my life. I was able to catch up on them and do some self-reflecting. It really forced me to be silent and take a look at myself. In some regard, I wasn’t happy with a lot of things, and it’s scary to face those feelings that, under normal circumstances, you don’t have time to face because everyone is going, going, going,” she said.
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