Christina Aguilera is a hot mess who plays the victim card in her print interview with W Magazine. Aguilera got a lot of criticism for copying Lady Gaga’s style – music, fashion, attitude – when her latest album Bionic was released, but claims in her interview, just released by W Magazine, she doesn’t “really know who [Gaga] really is.”
While Aguilera once owned the little-girl-with-the-big-voice pop-star niche, with Bionic, she willfully entered the land of Lady Gaga. In the press, she pretended not to care or notice. “Oh, the newcomer?” Aguilera told reporters when asked about Gaga. “This person was just brought to my attention not too long ago. I’m not quite sure who this person is, to be honest. I don’t know if it is a man or a woman.” Despite her feeble claims to confusion over Gaga’s gender and her uncharitable reluctance to give her credit, the video for “Not Myself Tonight,” Bionic’s first single, had eerily similar tableaux to Gaga’s smash video “Bad Romance.” Image for S&M image, they matched up. Old fans of Aguilera’s weren’t intrigued by her revamped identity, and new fans didn’t materialize. As the album sputtered, her 20-city summer tour didn’t sell and was canceled, at a cost of millions. There were rumors that her record company wanted to drop her. Things were not good. [Emphasis added.]
Christina’s interview covers the gamut of her music decline, the dismal sales for Bionic, her relationship and subsequent divorce from Jordan Bratman and her new relationship with Matthew Rutler, a 25-year-old musician/production assistant who met on the set of Burlesque. She also discusses her “trainwreck” image, her and Rutler’s arrest, alleged bad behavior backstage at the Grammys and the infamous incident actor Jeremy Renner disclosed in an unrelated interview in which he threw himself a birthday party and found Aguilera passed out drunk in his bed. She explains,
“Matt was the one who was invited—I went as his girlfriend,” Aguilera recalled. “It was an open party, and everyone was spread out all over the house. At one point I sat on the edge of a bed. It was a guest room. But it only takes one person to start the negativity, and then everyone wants to hop aboard and continue the story.”
The story, according to Renner, was that Aguilera climbed into his bed. He insinuated that she was intoxicated or cuckoo or both.
W further describes her public self-destruction,
The questions about her sobriety and Rutler’s negative influence reaching a fever pitch when, in February, Aguilera tripped and nearly fell to the ground during a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Grammys. There were too many surprising, inexplicable mishaps: People assumed she was drunk or falling apart or desperately in need of an intervention.
Lucky for us, Christina plays the victim in the entire W Magazine interview, which is well worth the read.