Over the past 20 years, Christina Aguilera has been topping the music charts and the voice of a generation. Having recently turned 40, the singer is gracing the cover of Health’s May issue and doing a lot of self-reflecting, determined to live every moment for herself—and to stop worrying about what others think.
On turning 40: “You start asking yourself, ‘Why am I holding back in certain areas of my life? Who am I really living my life for?’ And with age, you figure out that life is too short to waste time thinking about what other people think about you. I’ve realized I am making memories for myself and that I shouldn’t worry about what other people think.”
On moments of weakness: “I experienced a lot of trauma in my childhood—I’ve spoken very openly about it. But I think that was just part of my path. I’ve definitely had struggles in the past with depression and anxiety— it’s a constant battle to overcome a mind that is anxious, a mind that is always second-guessing. I was in a session last night, and I got into my head. Someone told me if I wasn’t feeling it, we could call it. I had been feeling like I wanted to end it, but all it took was someone being supportive for me to be like, “Wait a second, I’m not giving up on myself like that—let’s go, let’s get it!”
On body confidence: “I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty. I’ve always said that women are way more interesting to look at than men! I have a hard time looking at the early pictures of myself because I remember feeling so insecure. I would never want to relive my 20s—you’re so in your own head and finding your confidence. As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your own body and owning it.”
On the meaning of beauty: “Accepting yourself is what beauty is really about. As much as I also love being a glam girl and playing dress-up for the camera, when it all comes off, that’s what’s ultimately most rewarding—being able to feel really good about who’s staring back at you in the mirror, because you’re owning all of it.”
[Photo Credit: Coliena Rentmeester for Health Magazine]
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