Christina Aguilera has had a pretty rough year, beginning with her divorce from husband Jordan Bratman and ending with her failed album Bionic album, the flopped Burlesque movie, a botched Super Bowl performance, a public intoxication mishap, and even a well-publicized stumble on stage at the Grammy’s. For a minute there, it looked like X-Tina (now a judge on The Voice) was heading down a troubled path, but in this month’s issue of W Magazine, she seems confident that it was just a series of bad luck.
On her botched Super Bowl performance: “I got lost in the emotion of being there and I messed up the lyrics to the song.I went to dinner after the Super Bowl with Matt and I laughed about how I’d made myself into a Trivial Pursuit question: ‘In 2011 what female singer flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem?'”
On her divorce from Jordan Bratman: “At one time or another we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home. I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say. That goes against everything I sing on my records.”
On passing out in Jeremy Renner’s Bed: “At one point I sat on the edge of a bed. It was a guest room. But it only takes one person to start the negativity, and then everyone wants to hop aboard and continue the story.”
On the failure of Burlesque: “I was sad, but I’m still glad that I did the movie. During production, I was going through a lot of self-discovery. As a quote-unquote pop star, you have your entourage with you at all times. When you enter and leave a place, backstage, even at home—you always have your team. On the movie set, I didn’t have anyone around me. And it felt good. After the movie, I grew out of being that little girl: I became more of an adult.”
On the Grammy’s stumble: “And during that Grammy moment, when I nearly collapsed, I was thinking, Are you kidding me? I’ve always been really good with my heels. Even pregnant, I could perform in heels. Note to self: Never wear a train onstage. My heel got caught in my train, and if it wasn’t for Jennifer Hudson, who picked me up as I went down, I would have fallen to the floor. When it happened, it was just like, What else, God?! What else?! I threw my hands up in the air and started smiling, because what else could go wrong?”