Life is happening fast for Christina Aguilera. Aguilera’s boyfriend popped the question on Valentine’s Day and, six days later, the singer announced she is expecting. This will be baby #2 for Aguilera, who has a son from her previous marriage.
Aguilera, 33, met her fiance, Matt Rutler, in 2010 whenshe was filming the movie, Burlesque. Aguilera had been dating the musician / film producer for about three years when he proposed.
In 2005, the songstress married Jordan Bratman, a marketing executive in the music industry. Her first child, Max Liron Bratman, was born on January 12, 2008. Bratman and Aguilera, who were divorced in 2011, share custody of their son.
Rutler presented his bride-to-be with a custom-made engagement ring he designed himself. The ring was more than a year in the making as he worked with a jeweler to combine the elements of Aguilera’s two favorite rings. There is a meaningful reason each jewel was included and positioned on the ring.
The elegantly stunning ring features a large diamond in the center surrounded by nine gemstones of various colors. The colored gemstones were selected because of their symbolic significance.
The gemstones are positioned closer to the base of the ring than the diamond centerpiece so that each colored gem touches her skin to promote the flow of “forever-encouraging love” around Aguilera. The ring is finished with a weave of diamonds that symbolizes the way the couple’s paths crossed and will continue to grow stronger with the passage of time.
Staten Island, New York, is Aguilera’s birthplace but, in typical army brat fashion, the family soon left New York and lived in many states and countries for short periods of time. Her parents‘ marriage was unstable and Aguilera escaped with music when household turmoil became too much to deal with. Her parents divorced when she was six, and Aguilera moved with her sister and mother into her grandmother’s house in Rochester, Pennsylvania.
Her singing went public when “the little girl with the big voice” had the honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during opening ceremonies for professional sports teams that included the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals. Aguilera kept her budding singing career a secret during school, fearing her classmates would use it as an excuse to bully her. Televised coverage of her national anthem performances blew her cover and bullying did occur until she started home-schooling to escape trouble at school.
It wasn’t long before Aguilera became a household name as she landed roles on television, produced best-selling records, sold out concert venues, and won four Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy Award. Success, love, family, and living well has eliminated the threat of bullying from the “Princess of Pop’s” life.
Source: McRady, Rachel. “Exclusive: Christina Aguilera Is Pregnant! Newly-Engaged Star Expecting Second Child.” Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Feb 20, 2014. Web. Feb 28, 2014.