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June 13-19: Christina Aguilera On Tumultuous Year

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Thisweek, your pals at That's Really Week became even bigger fans of ChristinaAguilera. In a candid July 2011 "W" magazine cover story, the "Genie In ABottle" singer addressed many of the dramas that haunted her last year -- divorce,flopped movie, national anthem lyric flub at the Super Bowl, slipping on stageat the Grammys, and drunk driving arrest. But we are pleased to report thatthere has been a happy ending.

AsChristina was faced with the lukewarm response to last year's "Bionic" album whichprompted accusations that she was copying Lady Gaga, her marriage was alsofalling apart.

Christinaand Jordan Bratman had been married for five years and have a 3-year-old son.But as their marital problems ensued, a split was inevitable.

"It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. Iwill not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home," Christina told "W,"adding that she would not allow negative media coverage to dictate how shelived her life.

Butshe had also already met another man. Christina was seeing Matt Rutler, whom shemet on the set of "Burlesque," her first movie. "I could depend on him foreverything," she said about the 25-year-old musician and production assistant."Matt was working on the movie, and he was so supportive. And he still is."

Despite"Burlesque" being the perfect theatrical vehicle for Christina, the movie didnot live up to its hype. Christina confirms that the friction between thedirector and the head of the studio, who were dating, didn't help matters.

"Itwas very hard to be in the center of all that," Christina said. "A lot wasriding on the film, and I bore the brunt. I was like, 'Hey, stop fighting --this is my career.'"

Still,Christina had more demons to face. While the success of a new album and movieare measured by the reaction from a fickle public, singing the national anthemat the Super Bowl is arguably the one thing everyone expected Christina to conquerwith ease.

ButChristina forgot part of the lyrics of the song she has been singing since she wasa child. "Everything on the field at the Super Bowl was vividly bright, and Iwas having a moment," she said. "I got lost in the emotion of being there, and Imessed up the lyrics to the song."

A weeklater, Christina stumbled on stage at the Grammys during the Aretha Franklintribute. "Note to self: Never wear a train onstage," she said. "My heel gotcaught in my train, and if it wasn't for Jennifer Hudson, who picked me up as Iwent down, I would have fallen to the floor."

Christinaalso dismisses the drunk driving arrest. One, she wasn't driving, or evendrives at all. And two, her boyfriend, who was behind the wheel, was cleared ofthe charges. His blood alcohol level was below California's legal limit of 0.08.

"Thepolice knew my recent history and wanted to jump on the bandwagon," she said."I was a victim of celebrity."

Afternearly a year of bad luck things finally turned around for Christina when she landeda role as a judge on the popular new televised talent competition "The Voice."

Christinawants to share her career experiences with the contestants to help prepare themfor the pitfalls of the business. "I don't want to be tough with my singers,"she said, "but I do want to tell them on 'The Voice' that if you really wantthis, you'll be kicked when you're down. You have to be willing to roll withthose punches. You have to really want it."

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Christinais living proof of such sound advice. Perseverance is absolutely key in thesuccess stories of this week's other newsmakers. People laughed at Lady Gagalast year when she showed up at MTV's Video Music Awards in a dress made ofmeat. But the edible couture has found a home at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.Gaga "Edge Of Glory" collaborator and Bruce Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons died Saturday from complications from a stroke. Congratulations are in order for StevieWonder, who was inducted into the Apollo's Hall Of Fame. And Justin Timberlakefinally admitted what many of his music fans have been dreading. He has noimmediate plans to record music. He is focusing on his acting. This feels likegood news for Joe Jonas, who is embarking on a pop-dance solo career, andhorrible news for Justin's N'SYNC bandmates, who may have been hoping for areunion similar to that of New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys.

Getall the details and more on these stories in the links below. Be sure to checkback next week for another music news roundup.


1) Can't Hold [Her] Down --Christina Aguilera addresses recent hurdles.

2) Born To Run -- BruceSpringsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons dies at 69.

3) Where's The Beef? -- LadyGaga's meat dress heads to Hall Of Fame.

4) Bye Bye Bye -- JustinTimberlake focuses on acting, puts music on hold.

5) Living Legend -- StevieWonder is inducted into Apollo Hall Of Fame.

W Magazine photos by Daniele Duella & Iango Henzi.

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