Christina Aguilera: “Men aren’t as strong and capable as women, we’re machines.”


Christina Aguilera is the cover girl for the December issue of Redbook. I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed, and it has everything to do with this absolutely terrible Redbook cover where Christina looks nothing like herself. Do you need to see what Christina really looks like? Look at this. Now look at the cover. Yeah. The makeup people were trying to de-orange her and the hair people were trying to get her hair to not look like brittle straw, and the lighting people were like “I quit” and so it fell to the Photoshoppers to try to make Christina look human. As for this Redbook interview – it was done when Christina and Jordan were already split up, but before she had confirmed it publicly. Still, Redbook managed to squeeze out an exclusive already, and this is just more of the same:

Christina Aguilera’s career is soaring to new heights, even as her personal life hits a low — and in the December issue of REDBOOK, Aguilera talks candidly about the breakup of her marriage and what gets her out of bed in the morning: inspiring work, loyal girlfriends, and devotion to her little boy, Max.

Plus, she opens up about balancing work and motherhood, her career, and big-screen debut — and Cher, who became a close confidante to Christina on the set of Burlesque, also reveals details from the set.

“Every woman has the ability or the drive to do it all and have it all,” says Christina, who separated from her husband, Jordan Bratman, just two days before REDBOOK’s photos were taken. “Men aren’t as strong and capable as we are. We’re machines.”

On balancing work and motherhood: “My life is cyclical. First it’s album time, then it’s touring time. I go through phases, so we roll with the punches. I’m not a 9-to-5 woman who has the same kind of lifestyle for years on end. I couldn’t do it. I need the spontaneity, that thrill of change. That’s part of how I get inspired. You know, this is what the cards have in store for Max. We put it into his brain early on that he’s a traveling guy. He adapts well when we go from hotel to hotel.”

Christina’s close friend, Nicole Richie is a key member of her support system: “It’s very clear through Christina’s music what a strong woman she is,” Nicole told REDBOOK. “But to watch her as a mother only skyrockets the respect I have for her. She is the woman who’s recording until 4 a.m. and up at 7 to be with her son. Her dedication to Max is incredible.”

[From Redbook]

Yes, Christina is an artist and she is a strong woman and she is a world-class mother! That’s what we should be focused on. Not the alleged “hot and heavy” affair with Samantha Ronson. Not trolling for strange vagina in seedy bars and clubs for the length of her marriage. MOTHERHOOD. Mommommommommom. Have you forgotten Sam Ronson yet? MOM. SHE’S A MOTHER.

46887, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Sunday October 31 2010. Christina Aguilera makes an arresting sight as she leaves the Pandora club on Halloween. The newly-single singer blew kisses as photographers as she left the party dressed as a sexy police officer. Photograph:  David Tonnessen,

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Presents: 'The Unmaking The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion Opening Gala held at The LACMA in Los Angeles, California on September 25th, 2010 Christina Aguilera                                              Fame Pictures, Inc

Cover courtesy of Redbook.

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  1. samanthalous says:

    Half woman, half robot and all yours

  2. sapphire says:

    I am starting to smell a little PR on the whole Ronson/open marriage stuff. Sexuality has been the central focus of Xtina’s marketing since 2002. What better way to explain a failed marriage or a failed album than her wild ways?

  3. Girafe99 says:

    If her life is cyclical that means she is basically doing the same thing again and again in circular fashion, unlike us poor 9-fivers, no?

  4. Me1st says:

    I don’t see what people see in her, I think she is ugly and the more orange she gets the worse she looks. And lay off the hair dye, us true blondes do it better than bottle blondes

    Girafe yes, she is contradicting herself. She just wanted to sound good because she is the one that failed the marriage.

  5. Jeri says:

    Remember when she did “Beautiful.” I like that Christina a lot better.

  6. Marianne says:

    That cover is horribly photoshopped!

  7. Bunny says:

    I saw the preview for her new movie, she looks so pretty with a little makeup on, what is up with plastering her face with makeup all the time.

  8. terryo says:

    Sam is lucky to be with such a babe!

  9. devilgirl says:

    On that cover, I swear she looks a bit like Stevie Nicks.

  10. Anonandonandon says:

    If she hadn’t been so arrogant when she became famous she would have quickly surpassed Britney in popularity.

    Oh and Christina, I’ve known quite a few strong men in my life and you’re not in their goddamn league.

  11. cvb says:

    And i like her cos she doesn’t give a damn about all of you haters. Go girl. BTW it’s awsome cover!!!!!

  12. Gigohead says:

    Dag Kaiser, you took the words out of my keyboard!! Dead on right!!!! This gal is the last person on front covers right now. I think what she is doing is creepy. If you are gay, then come forward, not creep on your husband and the son at home..Reeks of bipolar Anne Heche to me.

    Christina is an artist and she is a strong woman and she is a world-class mother! That’s what we should be focused on. Not the alleged “hot and heavy” affair with Samantha Ronson. Not trolling for strange vagina in seedy bars and clubs for the length of her marriage. MOTHERHOOD.

  13. Will says:

    What an idiot. Imagine if some male celeb made a remark about how men were less emotional and more capable and stronger than women are. It’s perfectly OK to portray men as weak, stupid, violent, irresponsible, etc. It’s no different from the double standards regarding race…I was watching a disc of “Chappelle’s Show” last night and they made plenty of jokes about white people…but if a white person even MENTIONS black people, they’re deemed “racist.”

  14. Moi says:

    Fixed it:

    “Every woman has the ability or the drive to do vaginas and have vaginas,” says Christina, who separated from her vagina-less husband, Jordan Bratman, just two days before REDBOOK’s photos were taken. “Men don’t have vaginas as strong and capable as we do. We’re machines with vaginas.”

  15. Crash2GO2 says:

    I can’t for the life of me figure out why I should care what this woman thinks about anything.

  16. girl says:

    Is she still going on about that same tired bullshit? Women aren’t better than men, they are equal. Some things women *tend* to be better at certain things than men in general.

    I really hate how she commercializes her sexuality. I don’t care who she fucks, if anyone. Be an artist.

    I hated it when she went all nutty and slutty after “breaking free” from Disney then said, “People just don’t understand. I’m a very sexual person” (paraphrase). Guess what? Most of us are sexual people who don’t need to go proving it to everyone they can shake their snatch at. Deal.

  17. malachais says:

    LMAO @Moi

  18. She is a fantastic singer, totally amazing but i do agree that she needs to slow down with the make-up she looks so great in the movie trailer with more natural make-up.

    As for her personal life it’s just that, personal. If she wants to troll for pxssy then that’s her business and who are we to judge? she loves her son and puts a roof over his head what more do you want?

  19. Moore says:

    This quote is sad if only for the fact that she’s raising a young man. Why in the world would you put it out there that mean are the weaker sex when you are supposed to be raising an equally strong human being?

  20. danielle says:

    What’s odd is that without all that makeup on Christina is actually a very beautiful woman.

  21. KJ says:

    I think she looks WAY better on the cover than she does in real life, so this is a photoshop WIN in my view. She looks like a person, not some drag queen Troll doll.

  22. MoMo says:

    Maybe that quote about women is sort of an explanation as to why she is attracted to women. Sounds as though she is really conflicted about her sexuality and her own identity. Maybe that is why she has those layers and layers of makeup and those horrible weaves- they’re for hiding herself, or projecting an exaggerated femininity b/c she is trying so hard to be something that doesn’t feel natural for her. Or maybe it’s her way of telling us that her heterosexuality is as artificial and unnatural as her beauty products. Anyway, I do hope that she meets a partner who she is happy and fulfilled with. Maybe she was only with Bratman because he is a music producer and it was a good move for her career and b/c she was too afraid to be publicly out.

  23. Roxanne75 says:

    Um, we want her to go away @FUTERESTblabla

  24. Ms_Fu says:

    Bless you, Will. A sexist comment indeed.

  25. Embee says:

    Sounds to me like she’s pissed at hubby for not pulling his weight. Most moms of young children feel this way, and particularly those who are the primary breadwinner.

  26. bereal says:

    I think she should have chosen her words better. I was raised in a single parent home so I know what she means. Women are like machines when they have to be — working twice as hard to get the minimum pay–but men are good too!

  27. ! says:

    I wouldn’t say men aren’t as strong as we are, I’d just say in some ways they don’t have to be. They don’t have to be as strong, emotionally, but they do have to be strong, will power wise. This is all socially reinforced and not the natural order of things, imo.

  28. MJ says:

    Why would she choose the oompa-loompa look when she could look like the cover? I don’t get it.

  29. jc126 says:

    Nothing she says ever means a damn thing. I bet you could find a dozen quotes from her over the years that directly contradict each other.
    I also have to say, I hate it when either gender is slammed en masse – “women are stronger and more capable than men” – such a wrong generalization – people have to be taken as individuals. And there are plenty of men and women who have to bear extraordinary burdens and pressures in life, no matter what their economic station or job title.

  30. alejandro says:

    @sapphire – i’ve been saying this. She’s in desperation mode. She’s probably thinking she gets rid of boring hubby, and the appearance of a stable life and gets dirrty xtina all on us again. She’ll make a splash and show Gaga whose boss. LOL Thing is she’s not a teen anymore and we’ve seen it before.

  31. mymy says:

    Oh sure honey. Machines with maids and gardeners and nannies and cooks. Sure that Free’s you up to pursue your work with MUCH less stress. Fact is woman cannot have it all without something suffering. I mean for a little while it seems to be all going smoothly and then something happens and the fact we have no cooks ,maids and the likes things start to nosedive. Stop with the fiction and fantasy. And her woman thing is just a ploy to herself. How cool she is. Just a simple narcissist
    gone wrong. Her husband should get the kid. She is a mess

  32. Confuzzle says:

    I wonder if becoming fully lesbian will make her not want to be fluorescent orange any more?

  33. mamalama says:

    Can’t quite believe I’m saying this…but a quick look at the cover and I was thinking, “Good for Heidi Montag – she got some of that plastic surgery undone.”

  34. Oi says:

    Am I the only one really REALLY concerned with what seems to be an increasing number of women think it means to be strong? Does it seem like the definition has to include how weak/lame/unworthy men are? Why does there have to be something wrong with ‘men’ in general/the ones in your life for you to be “strong”? Strong does not mean you are better than the people around you.

  35. Angel says:

    “Yes, Christina is an artist and she is a strong woman and she is a world-class mother! That’s what we should be focused on. Not the alleged “hot and heavy” affair with Samantha Ronson.”

    Um … yes, exactly?

  36. Catherine says:

    While I understand divorce must be hard for her, lots of other women that don’t have millions to fall back on do it without the publicity and drama.

  37. icantbelievethis says:

    “Fact is woman cannot have it all without something suffering.”

    Thank you!

    “Every woman has the ability or the drive to do it all and have it all,”

    I have no urge to “do it all” or “have it all”.

  38. Dean says:

    Kaiser i hope you are not gonna be nasty about the gay thing. It;s a lot more complicated then what we see i would guess? I feel like her private life shouldn’t matter because of the size of aguileras talent. She is undoubtly a hugely gifted singer. Perhaps the best out there. But she is struggling for relevance right now in a post gaga pop world. She took years off to have her baby, came back and found the game had changed.
    I root for her to come back, music needs a great voice like that always.

  39. Henriette says:

    Everything about her is a YAWN.

  40. apple says:

    Is the idea that she can’t be a good parent because she trolled for pussy or is in an affair with one now? Tell that to all the men who did the same….

  41. vibius says:

    Putting the double standards aside, what makes her so strong? Shes a piece of TnA that came along at the right time, and sang someone elses songs.

  42. oliver says:

    Xtina always made comments like this. She is a staunch feminist raised with an abusive father. I guess that colored her view of the world….
    Anyway i love her, i think she is fierce and talented and i don’t care who she is fucking.

  43. Billy says:

    Actually you see candids of christina without make up and she is freakin’ gorgeous. Don’t need no photo shop or cake make up.

  44. Ben says:

    Sounds to me like she been closeted. Bet the record company was more interested in her staying married and trolling for pussy on the down low than coming out. Am i the only one who finds it a bit sad that she is now gonna be judged because she finally is (semi) out? Live and let live!

  45. Jenny says:

    I’d rather her be an outspoken “bitch” than a puppet that has her manager control what she can or cannot say tbh *cough*Britney, Rihanna*cough*

  46. Camille says:

    “Every woman has the ability or the drive to do it all and have it all,”

    Ah this old goody. Sure, its possible, but usually not everything all at the same time, and more often that not something suffers- like a *marriage* for example. Well it suffered in your case didn’t it Christina. Stupid b!tch.

  47. courtney says:

    WHY DOESN’T SHE USE THIS LOOK ON A REGULAR BASIS. She’s gorgeous without layers of makeup on. I saw clips from her new movie and she is so pretty. Just lay of the clown make up gurl!!

  48. Marie says:

    I personally think the cover resembles Heidi Pratt or whatever the hell her name is.

  49. Kelley says:

    No 8 lbs. of make-up for once, but those horrid cheek implants are just that … horrid. Yech.

  50. Sakota says:

    Here’s a novel thought for Christina: There are strong women who are wives. I am alspo not a machine, but a human being. I hope she doesn’t take this feminist mantra out on her son. I don’t care that she grew up in an abusive environment, no reason to bash all men. Lots of strong women grow up in bad homes and don’t show their hoo-ha to half the planet.

    Another pop starlet using feminism to justify her tarting around. Note how it’s always the tartiest who screech the loudest about their ‘strong’ womanhood.