Christina Aguilera Stripped

Exclusive from CosmoGIRL!

Christina Aguilera spilled all to CosmoGIRL! about breaking up with her first love, breaking out of her old image, breaking down barriers in the music industry -- and how it's all made her feel more powerful than ever! See for yourself in the March issue of CosmoGIRL! -- on newsstands now!

Read on for an outtake from CosmoGIRL!'s exclusive interview with Christina Aguilera. And for more, check out cosmogirl.com anytime!

CosmoGIRL!: A lot of people are shocked that, image-wise, you seemed to do a complete 180 with this new album.

Christina: I think some people just don't understand that this IS me and before was kind of NOT me. I was 17 when I did that first album, and now I'm 21 and I'm exploring that, and more comfortable in my own skin.

CosmoGIRL!: Do you feel like you ARE the real you now?

Christina: I think we go through many different growths in our lifetime, and I think I'm just gonna grow from here on out. I'm going to explore other types of music and other forms of being an entertainer, always growing and developing and changing and re-evolving. But for now, I'm so happy that this is definitely me in a nutshell on this record.

CosmoGIRL!: Can you think of a moment where there was something you had to say or do that WASN'T you?

Christina: I do like to dress a little edgier, less conservative, whatever, and I just remember one day showing up at a photo shoot and there was a clothing rack in front of me full of all kinds of floral and laces and just very "pretty" clothes. And I just cringed. And I was like, "This is VERY not what I want to be! It's not me!"

CosmoGIRL!: You recently had a major breakup with Jorge Santos, who was one of your backup dancers. That must have been really hard to deal with while you were writing this album.

Christina: I can definitely say my first love was a good one. But it's a difficult situation when you're in the spotlight, and he doesn't want to be part of it. I mean, you just want to go to the movies, and you can't avoid getting your picture taken, and he doesn't want to go through that all of the time. It was difficult for him, and it was my first big breakup -- it really did break my heart.

CosmoGIRL!: This was around the same time that your former co-Mouseketeer Britney Spears was also going through a very public breakup...

Christina: I actually ran into Britney at a club, right around the time when the press was making such a big deal out of her breakup with Justin, and I said, "Girl, I just went through the same thing! He's not worth it! Just keep on going."

CosmoGIRL!: The whole rivalry with Britney thing seems really media-driven. You guys practically grew up together, you must have some happy memories of her.

Christina: I have so many! Playing Ping-Pong, for example. We used to have crazy games of Ping-Pong. I'd love to challenge her to this day! I've brushed up on my skills a bit!

CosmoGIRL!: So how do you deal when people start rumors that aren't true?

CosmoGIRL!: It's about being okay with yourself no matter what people say, what people do, how they talk about you. Making a statement about who you are and being comfortable with that--that's power to me.

Want more? Grab the March issue of CosmoGIRL! And for more CosmoGIRL! fun, check out cosmogirl.com.

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