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| ‘Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?’ (Front Article)||Type: Magazine Article|
|‘Voulez-vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?’||Oct 2001|
|That’s what pop minx Christina Aguilera sang in Lady Marmalade. We don’t know what it means, but she can sing it to us any day!|
Christina Aguilera’s granny said after seeing her raunchy video for Lady Marmalade, ‘I nearly died when I saw she was wearing so little. I rang her mom and said, “Oh my God, what is Christina doing?”’ We decided to find it for ourselves…
*After that video, Granny may not be sticking a fiver in your birthday card.
She’s so funny. My grandmother is feisty, she’ll say anything, but I know she is very happy foe me. Last year, she said, ‘Why didn’t you stick with that Enrique Iglesias guy?’ I was like, ‘Grandma, I’m not in love with him. I fell in love with somebody else.’
*Will we see anything more of you in future videos?
I don’t believe I would go as far as stripping – small tops that show the belly are much sexier than a bare body. But I feel I can flirt with my limits in the years to come. I pay attention to the image I give. That is the reason why I move very slowly at the moment. What I really want to do is sing, not provoke scandal. I want to mix more rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and pop music.
*You seem to have been performing since you were a foetus, or was it earlier than that?
My first time on TV was when I was eight. I was signing autographs when I didn’t know how to write joined-up, and barely knew how to spell my name. Sometimes teachers made it difficult because I would be off with flu, and when I returned to school, the teachers would be like, ‘She wasn’t sick, she was singing somewhere.’ Even harder was feeling alienated from the other girls at school. I would make one friend and then she’d be stolen away. It was tough.
*Child stars can often have lonely lives, did you experience that?
I have always known loneliness – when I was a kid, loneliness was my best friend. My father was a soldier, and when I was a child, we lived on army bases, moving constantly – from Texas to New Jersey to Japan. I never had time to make friends. I’ve always envied people who had best friends they’ve known since they were little because I never had that. A lot of drama went on in our house. Sometimes, at home, you could just feel the tension. My parents divorced when I was seven – my childhood was not that easy. I owe my success to putting all my feelings and desires into the music. For me, suffering has been the best teacher. Music is a way of getting relaxed from outside tensions.
*A whole industry seemed to spring around the supposed hatred between you and Britney that must’ve upset you.
I can understand it, every new artist has to be compared with someone, but there is no truth in the rumors that me and Britney hate each other. I have no ill-feeling for her and vice-versa. We were the youngest on the Disney show, and I am proud of all the achievements she’s made in her career. She’s a very hard-working person. I have nothing but love for her. Comparison is really a form of flattery, I think. I remember when Britney and I would look up to Mouseketeer Keri Russell. She was 16 at the time – Britney was 11 and I was 12, but we were both in awe of Keri and we were always touching her hair. We were such little dorks! Britney and I have sort of the same background and we have lots in common. But each of us has our own music style.
*Do you socialize with her?
Whenever we see each other at awards show, when we’re either presenting or performing, I always try to go up to her and say ‘hi’. That’s if I’m not being pulled in one direction and her in the other. We are always pressed for time because our schedules are so crazy that we never have enough time to sit down and have a normal conversation. It’s a crazy thing, a crazy lifestyle. She’s a cool girl – we have a background together, so there is none of that rivalry connection going on.
*But didn’t you have a bit of a ding-dong with Eminemineminem, when he blatantly bad-mouthed you in The Real Slim Shady?
That was disgusting and offensive, and above all it’s not true. If he’s going to be immature, that’s his own thing. I’m not going to feed into it. Whatever. He did it maybe to make sure he had a hit record, even if it was the expense of using other people’s names, or dissing them. You know, if that’s what you have to do to make a hit record, that’s pretty sad. Now he’s spoken his mind in records and in interviews – and I’ve spoken mine. It seems pointless to say anything more about a guy who is basically – retarded, for lack of a better word. My stepdad was so cute, he was all ready to get on a plane and kick Eminem’s ass. I was like ‘That’s okay, it’s all right – it’s good to have support like that.
*Can you handle yourself in a row, then?
I believe that I am much stronger than I look, I have a powerful voice and I’ve learned over the years that I have incredible strength, perhaps built on anger. Coming from a situation like domestic abuse, you don’t want to be weak. Energy often comes out of a dark period.
*Britain seems to be full of female soloists at the moment – what advice would you give our band of Geris, Bunyons, and Pish Spices?
Well one day Rachel, my sister, said to me that she admired me and that I was her role model. I was really moved. As for advice, never give up. Hang on tight! It was like a twister when Genie In A Bottle was released. I had to promote it in the States and Europe. Everybody wanted me – I had to adapt. You have to be prepared for that, to live with a packed suitcase, staying in hotels, sleeping on planes. It’s rather insane.
*Do you ever wish you could just throw your toys out of the pram and say, ‘No more!’?
Oh yeah, especially when I get that wake-up call at six in the morning. All I want to do is hang up the phone and say forget it!
*Where do you keep that Grammy you won?
Well, they kind of trick you, they take it away again from you backstage. You’d be surprised, it’s very heavy, but it’s tiny, too. Everything looks bigger on TV.
*What was the first thought that went through your head when you won the Grammy?
Oh, just complete-and-utter shock. I was so shocked, thrilled, overwhelmed, excited.
*Christina, how would you describe yourself?
Very driven, very hard-working, focused, strong-willed, very honest – sometimes too honest, impatient, spontaneous and carefree.
*What about tiny?
I guess you’re right, but when people meet me, they say I look bigger.
*Who’s your ideal man?
He has to be sincere, smart and honest, fair and ambitious, because these are priorities for me. He needs to have a goal in life and to base a relationship on respect.
*So with your jet-setting lifestyle, how do you relax in all the different cities you end up in?
I love to shop. Whenever I go international, people think I want regular stores, so they always take me to Gucci or Prada. And I’m like, I want something that I can’t buy in the States, so I go to funky boutiques. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see many of the cool places I visit, because I’m there so briefly. Whenever I do Europe, I go to a different country each day. It’s like, get on a plane, get off a plane. It’s crazy – you just go to your hotel room, check in, go to the venue, go to your hotel room, check out, and go to catch the next plane. Then you’re off to the next country.
*What’s your favorite item of clothing?
I really like men’s Calvin Klein underwear. They’re like little briefs. And I wear them with low, hip-hop pants and with a little tank T-shirt to girlie it up a bit. I think the contrast of masculine and feminine is kinda cute.
*Are they comfortable, because we know a few people who’d like to get into them…
Yes, they’re really comfortable. I love them. It’s sexy to show the label with low-cut pants.
*Do you miss not having a normal life?
Of course, I miss the times when I used to want it so bad, that feeling of being so passionate about wanting something and going for it. Wanting something so bad, getting that drive in you, that feeling is really quite especial. It’s a really cool feeling, even though it’s anguish at the same time, when you are so obsessed with this dream of yours. It’s still a really cool moment and that’s what makes it so gratifying that all these things are happening to you.
*Yeah, like, totally.
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