Christina Aguilera says she lost her virginity ‘later than you would think’
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Christina Aguilera has been known for her seductive, sexy songs like 'Dirrty' and 'Genie In A Bottle' from an early age, but that doesn't necessarily mean she was doing the deed.
In fact, the pop icon has confessed she lost her V-card 'later than you would think'.
"You travel and you meet certain people but - it's so funny that I gave this persona because I probably was, like, the last person to lose my virginity," revealed the 'Candyman' singer.
"It was something that was for me. I guess that's why my messages went the way they did, too, was because I owned it first.
"But it doesn't matter how it goes down, as long as you find your way and your path of being comfortable with yourself."
Asked when she lost her virginity, Christina confessed: "It was later than you would think, given [I was] the girl who was doing 'Dirrty' and all this."
Christina also explained why you never really see her in an A-list coupling, admitting she isn't really 'into the celebrity thing'.
"I definitely had my experiences, but I also... my life is hectic enough, and this is a very narcissistic industry," she mused.
"My anxieties couldn't take somebody who did the exact same thing I did and ran around and travelled. I know how that goes... I'm too sensitive to be so paranoid."
Elsewhere in her tell-all interview, the Grammy winner spoke about the years upon years that she was villainized by the media, and the public, because of how sexual her songs were - particularly in her 2002 album Stripped.
"I was like, ‘I have to do songs that mean something to me and are valid to who I am and being fearless and talking about anything,'" she recalled.
"And that includes sexuality! I felt that there was a lot of shame and fear around the subject... I just wanted to be who I was and make a safe space for everyone to feel good, and make it a conversation."
Christina, who got her big break on The All New Mickey Mouse Club in the 1990s alongside the likes of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling, was aware from a very young age that her whole life was open to judgement.
"Growing up in this business, they’re going to see you as a teenager, kid, they’re gonna see you as a young woman coming into your body, expressing yourself,” she reflected.
"They’re going to see you pregnant. They’re going to see you go through the gambit of different places and stages in your life where you’re different kinds of weights. It’s so hard to just be inundated with different opinions."
That was particularly frustrating when she compared her career to Justin Timberlake, who she teamed up with for the Stripped & Justified tour in 2003.
"I went on tour with Justin and there were things where I was just like, ‘Why is it okay for him and not okay for me', you know what I mean?"