Christina Aguilera on Britney rivalry, overcoming childhood trauma and why she’s flourishing at 40

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A far cry from the rail-thin popstar she used to be, these days Christina Aguilera is proud of her fuller figure. (Credit: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
A far cry from the rail-thin popstar she used to be, these days Christina Aguilera is proud of her fuller figure. (Credit: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

She's been working since she was seven years old, literally growing up before the eyes of the world.

By nine she’d landed a coveted spot on the US TV show Star Search, and by 13 she was holding her own on The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. When she was 19 she released her debut album and won a Grammy for best new artist. 

Hailed as the little girl with the big voice, Christina Aguilera was at the very top of the music world.

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