Update: Additional photos and quotations added.
Originally posted November 28th: Mom-to-be Christina Aguilera, 26, shows off her burgeoning belly in the latest issue of Marie Claire. Inside, the songstress, due with a son in early January, discusses becoming pregnant, touring in her first trimester, keeping quiet with her good news, and her public persona.
Click below for the photo and interview highlights. Worker bees — please be aware that while tasteful, Christina is nude in the photos.
On getting pregnant during a tour stop in Washington, DC in early April:
We were planning on starting to try after the tour [ended in August]. And so, I had gone off the Pill to prepare my body, because I didn’t know how much time it would take. You’ve heard it takes some time –- except with Power Egg and Super Sperm here. That’s what my makeup artist on tour calls it. I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, can you believe it just happened?’
On finding out she was expecting:
By the time I was supposed to get my period, I was like, ‘It’s not coming’ — and it’s never late. And there were emotions coming up that I’ve never felt before — I was already starting to get emotional. So I did a test.
When the double lines came, my jaw dropped; I started shaking. I couldn’t help but smile, and I started to tear up.
After peeing on a few more sticks, and visiting a doctor to confirm, she called Jordan in New York — he was elated.
On finishing the last months of her tour while in her first trimester:
I was paranoid. There are so many things that could go wrong –- somebody could slip, somebody could fall, I could fall. There was no way in hell I was going to jeopardize my baby for my show.
[I wore a heart monitor.] I didn’t want to make the audience uncomfortable, like, ‘Pregnant lady onstage! Is she going to be okay?’ But I had to announce it to my band and my dancers, because I wanted to make sure they had my back. When we got to Asia, at one point no one could find a few of the dancers — they were off the premises — and I got really emotional about it. That was the last time that happened, let me tell you.
Luckily I was one of those women — don’t hate me — that had no morning sickness whatsoever.
One thing that did change were the costumes. Of a tight-fighting pair of pants she wears in an opening number, Christina remembers, ‘I was like, ‘Just do it in sweatpants material.”
Some days when you’re pregnant, you just don’t feel like doing a show, but I’d be like, ‘Come on, little one.’ (strokes belly) I really did feel like I had a teammate. It felt like my little roommate in there.
Like, little one was egging me on and encouraging me to do it. I’m putting together a scrapbook for him so he can see how he was in the spotlight before he was even born.
I remember one night [on tour] I came out and sang ‘Beautiful’. And I was really crying while singing the song — I couldn’t help myself. And the audience just went crazy. They thought I was really getting into it. My band was like, ‘Oh man, this poor girl!’ That was the first time I’d ever bawled on-stage. But it came at the right song, at least I wasn’t crying during ‘Dirrty.’
On staying mum about the pregnancy while everyone else discussed it and Paris Hilton announced it:
Japanese newspapers took this photo of her in the country and drew a large white circle around her belly. Says Christina, ‘I was like, ‘Oh my God. They’re on to me!”
Because I hadn’t said anything, people thought I was trying to keep it this big, bad secret, and that’s not the case at all. I just wasn’t commenting. I’m not being like, ‘Hey, everybody, I’m pregnant!’ I’m not that girl.
If it’s about my album, I’m like, ‘Hey go out and grab it, release date is November blah blah.’ That’s what I’m going to announce, I’m not going to announce my child. Why do I have to announce something that’s so personal? Why is that anybody’s business? In this day and age, everyone’s so quick to announce everything in their lives. A lot of women out there who are used to being in the limelight look at that as another source of attention.
Anyway, Paris. Yeah, at first I was a little surprised, but you know what? At the end of the day, I thought the gesture was sweet. She did say it in a very complimentary way.
Lord know, when your body’s going through all those changes, any bit of compliment thrown your way is a good thing. Some days I ask Jordan, ‘Babe, what happened to my thighs?’
On her vivid dreams:
I read in one of my little pregnancy magazines that there are three stages of dreams you have. First one is memories from childhood. During the second stage, you have lots of dreams about animals, and nurturing animals — connecting with something you can relate to on a motherly level. Third stage — I forget what the third stage is.
But I’m in the second stage right now, dreaming about my dogs. And I’m always saving them from danger, from coyotes — or saving the big one from drowning.
My best friend in the whole world. He’s not a limelight guy. He knows when to tell me the truth, and when I need to eat because I’m grumpy. He made me Oreo ice-cream sandwiches when I was craving them.
Jordan adds in how excited he is about the baby, and chats about them starting to feel him kick.
On finding out the sex:
I’ve had the serious urge to nest. That’s why I had to find out the sex. I want to get it right. I don’t want a bunch of yellow and beige gifts.
On number of children she wants:
We’ll start with this one.
On the empty locket she wears:
I guess it’s waiting for a picture, right? Come January, it could have one.
On making adjustments:
Christina does plan to hire help, but also will be handling night time duties herself — a tough call for someone who usually gets up after 2 pm.
I guess that’s going to change. That’s where the selfless acts come in. I do have maternal instincts — even with my little brother [Mikey, 10]. When he’s in town, I get up because I have to cater to him.
Another thing that’ll be changing — naked Sundays.
Yeah, we’re going to tone that down a little. That’ll be babysitter day. We’re going to live our lives; it’s important to have Mommy and Daddy time.
On her public persona and different looks throughout
her career, and how she will explain that to her son:
We’re so labeled. If you’re too sexual, you’re slutty. If you’re not sexual enough, you’re a prude. I like to put it out there as a topic of conversation. Why does it bother you? What’s your problem with it? Am I really hurting you? Let’s get to the root of it.
I have more than one side of me that likes to get out on a stage and sing. Sometimes I want to be aggressive, sometimes I want to feel empowered in my sexuality and my vulnerability. I want to put all that out there.
There will be definite explanations for everything. I’m going to make sure there are no judgments in this house and there are reasons for things. I’m going to raise him not to judge other people for expressing themselves.
I want him to be well-rounded. I want him to travel with Mama so he’s cultured and gets to see how other people live. I can’t wait to open up his mind to the amazing world out there — and also, for me to see things for the first time, through his eyes.
Thanks to CBB reader Jessica and our buddy Jared.