Pop diva Christina Aguilera gave birth to her son Max in 2008, and today we wanted to take a look at the star before she became a mother. From her childhood years and appearances on Star Search and The Mickey Mouse Club over her breakthrough and beef with Britney and then her Dirrty and Back To Basics eras — today we're taking a trip down memory lane.
Nowadays the 38-year-old mother of two (she gave birth to daughter Summer in 2014) is taking it rather slowly after having released her eighth studio album, Liberation, last year. One thing we know for sure is that we still haven't seen the last of her, as this diva keeps on evolving and changing her music and style.
Alright, now here are 20 pictures of Christina before she had her first child.
20 Let's Start Off With With An Adorable Little Christina
Christina María Aguilera was born December 18, 1980, in New York City to a musician mother and a father who was a USA soldier. Because of her father's military job, the family moved quite frequently when Christina was young, and she even spent some time in Japan because of that.
19 In 1990, The Singer Appeared On Star Search
Soon enough it became evident that little Christina had an incredible voice, and in the video stills above you can see her singing Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love" which kicked everyone's socks off! Even though all her performances were perfection, young Christina still got eliminated during the semi-final rounds. Luckily, that never stopped her from chasing her dreams!
18 And In 1993 She Joined The Star-Making Mickey Mouse Club
The iconic Mickey Mouse Club was the starting point for some of our favorite celebrities, and Christina Aguilera was one of them. When she auditioned in 1991 the producers thought she was too young, so she joined the club two years later. There, amongst others, she met Ryan Gossling, Justin Timberlake, and future pop competition Britney Spears.
17 Here She Is At The Teen Choice Awards In 1999 After "Genie In A Bottle" Became A Huge Hit
But Christina's global fame started in 1998 when she recorded the theme song "Reflection" for Disney's animated film Mulan. In June 1999 she released "Genie in a Bottle" which immediately skyrocketed 18-year-old Christina into pop stardom. According to Biography, the track peaked at the top of the Billboard 100 and it sold over 7 million copies.
16 And At The 2000 VMA's She Presented An Award With Frenemy Britney Spears
Anyone who remembers the early 2000s knows that there was always drama between these two pop stars. Being the ultimate pop princess was a title only one could carry, and both girls knew that. Here they were sharing the stage at the 2000 Video Music Awards and the tension was quite noticeable.
15 Whom She Beat In Grammy Category For The Best New Artist In 2000
In case anyone was counting, the first point in the probably still ongoing battle between the two pop divas went to Christina, who won the Grammy For The Best New Artist In 2000. As you've guessed, Britney was also nominated, but a very thrilled Christina ended up taking this one home.
14 The Same Year The Pop Star Kicked Off Her Christina Aguilera In Concert Tour
Christina Aguilera In Concert was the pop star's first tour, and she certainly didn't disappoint — she showed off her amazing vocals while serving us a plethora of typical early 2000s fashion. She was on tour from mid-2000 to early 2001, and she visited North America, Europe, South America, and Japan.
13 And Throughout It, She Was Dating Dancer Jorge Santos
In the photos above you can see Christina with dancer Jorge Santos, whom she dated all throughout her Christina Aguilera In Concert tour. In September 2001, soon after wrapping the tour up though, the two called it quits. Maybe Jorge wasn't a fan of her hair at the time, who knows...
12 In 2002 Christina's Notorious"Dirrty" Era Started
Now, this is when things got a bot more interesting. Everyone was shocked when Christina dropped the "Dirrty" video, as it clearly indicated that the era of the innocent little pop diva was behind us. The star now proceeded to give us sultry looks that involved piercings and chaps and she spoke her mind without any censorship. The star finally got to be in complete command of her music, which made her visibly happy.
11 And With That, Her Alter Ego Xtina Was Born
As already mentioned, this era gave us darker and more provocative songs and a dark-haired Christina. The star definitely wanted to make sure everybody knows the young blonde pop star is gone, and a strong, independent and very confident woman was standing in front of them. During this phase, Christina also got to experiment with her sound which resulted in hit songs such as "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Fighter".
10 Xtina Always Served Us Extremely Dramatic Looks
Before Lady Gaga and Katy Perry became known their unusual looks, Xtina was serving us a variety of unexpected fashion inspired by all aspects of life. In the photos above you can see her at the MTV Europe Awards back in 2004, where she wowed everyone with her hosting skills and outfit changes.
9 Most Of Which Gave Us Too Much Bronzer And Too Little Eyebrow
One thing we simply cannot unsee anymore when it comes to this era is Christina's overly bronzed face and barely existing eyebrows. Keep in mind, this was the early- to mid-2000s and almost everyone overdid it on the bronzing and eyebrow plucking — guess we thought it looked great at the time.
8 Regardless, The Singer Loved Her Alter Ego So Much, She Got It Tattooed On The Back Of Her Neck
Some may have loved Xtina some may have hated her, but one thing is for sure — Christina needed that alter ego to break free from everything that was pulling her back. Besides, she's not the only pop star who had a slightly more provocative and sultry phase, Madonna, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and plenty of other pop stars went through a similar stage.
7 And Who Could Forget The Most Significant Performance Of The 2003 VMA's
The 2003 Video Music Awards will always be one of the most memorable awards shows because of this performance. Madonna went on stage to sing her hits "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood", and frenemy pop stars Britney and Christina joined her on stage. Of course, the most talked about moment was when Madonna kissed both of them, which was at the time definitely controversial.
6 By 2004 Christina Decided To Change Her Look Once More — We Present You The Back to Basics Christina
When Christina dropped her fifth studio album Back to Basics her style once again changed. The pop star got rid of most of the signature Xtina look and gave us a more elegant and diva-like popstar who found inspiration for her music as well as her fashion in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.
5 And Her Relationship With Jordan Bratman Became Very Public
In 2003 Christina began dating music producer Jordan Bratman, and two years later the couple got married. While we know by now that their happiness didn't last forever and they got divorced in 2010, we do think the two made a pretty cute couple — and Jordan was always very affectionate towards the pop diva.
4 Her Back to Basics Tour In 2006 Once Again Redefined Her Style
In 2006 Christina took her Back To Basics album on tour, and she surely didn't disappoint. Lots of costume changes, lots of great vocals, and a very cool retro vibe are what the Back to Basics tour was all about. Not many starts can pull of redefining their sound and style this often and still being relevant, but Christina was definitely one of them!
3 And Who Could Forget Her Iconic Pepsi Campaign
Does anyone remember those super cool Pepsi commercials with celebrities? Yup, everyone from Britney to Beyonce had their own, and Christina's was — of course — all about giving us as many different looks as possible. It was released in 2006 and allowed us to travel the world in less than a minute.
2 This Is Her Performing At Times Square For New Year's Eve 2007
Every big artist has at some point performed at New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve — if they haven't are they really that big? Of course, Christina was there showing off her vocals back when we welcomed 2007 and said goodbye to over-bronzing and finally left our eyebrows alone.
1 And Lastly, Here She Is Pregnant With Her First Child
And finally, to wrap things up, here's a pregnant Christina Aguilera in 2008, and a Jordan Bratman who prefers wearing the same thing all the time. In 2008 the diva gave birth to their son Max Bratman and officially added being a gorgeous mama to her resume. By now she has two kids and is definitely a pro at motherhood.