Christina Maria Aguilera was born 18th December 1980 in Staten Island, New York but later relocated to Wexford, Pennsylvania to her Irish grandmother’s home with her mother and sister. Her father, who was born in Ecuador and had been a sergeant in the US Army, was physically violent and Christina has never been reconciled with him.
Christina always wanted to be a singer and entered local talent contests as well as singing at hockey and football matches. In 1993, she joined Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake on the Disney Channel’s ‘The New Mickey Mouse Club’ and stayed there until the show ended the following year.
In 1998, Christina was chosen to sing the song ‘Reflection’ for Disney’s animated feature film ‘Mulan’. This prompted RCA Records to offer her a recording contract. Her album ‘Christina Aguilera’ reached No 1 stateside and sold over seventeen million copied worldwide. Her singles ‘Genie in a Bottle’, ‘What a Girl Wants’ and ‘Come On Over Baby’ topped the American charts during 1999 and 2000.
Christina has gone onto win four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award and has worked with names such as Andreas Bocelli. She has been reunited with fellow Mouseketeer’s Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears – the latter and her famously sharing a kiss with singer-actress Madonna.
Christina is married to marketing executive Jordan Bratman, and in 2008, she gave birth to their first child, a son, Max Liron, roughly translated from Spanish and Hebrew as ‘my greatest song’.