Her father was stationed at Earnest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador and Japan.
Aguilera lived with both her father and mother, up until their divorce when she was seven years old.
She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna.
Aguilera then lived with her mother, and her younger sister Rachel, at her grandmother's home in Rochester, Pennsylvania, a town outside Pittsburgh.
According to both Aguilera and her mother, her father was very controlling, as well as physically and emotionally abusive.
Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues which include her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme.
She made her feature film debut in the musical Burlesque (2010), earning Aguilera a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.
In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)." Her sophomore and her debut Latin-pop album, Mi Reflejo (2000), a Christmas third studio album, My Kind of Christmas (2000), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and image.
After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002).
Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a sergeant in the US Army at the time, and Shelly Aguilera Shelly Aguilera (née Fidler), a Spanish teacher.
Aguilera's father was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and her mother, who is American, is of German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry.
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