Aguilera: No Rip-Offs!
Christina Aguilera says her words were taken out of context and she has nothing but love for fellow pop star Lady Gaga.
Back in April, Aguilera somewhat cattily addressed comparisons between herself and Lady Gaga (who as a teen studied with Christina's vocal coach).
She told an Atlanta radio show, "It just comes with the territory. That, in particular, is not even worth wasting the breath to comment on. I've been around for over a decade and I think my work speaks for myself. [When I was younger] I would have engaged, been a little upset [about the comparisons]. There's a bigger picture out there. I've got my son, my family, my work."
Aguilera denied copying Gaga's style on her latest album Bionic, saying, "No rip-offs, we're all inspired by different things. I was inspired by artists that came before me. You know what I love about the new breed of newcomers is that they're risk takers. They're doing things that aren't so safe. I always had the guts and passion to do things like that. I'm happy to see that people have come full-circle and are now accepting it and are into it and these girls have the guts to do it."
The comparisons between Aguilera and Lady Gaga aren't new. Back in 2008, Aguilera drew fire for appearing at the 2008 VMAs with the exact same hair and makeup Lady Gaga had been sporting for far longer. Back then she told the LA Times, "You know, that's funny that you mention that. This person [Lady Gaga] was just brought to my attention not too long ago. I'm not quite sure who this person is, to be honest. I don't know if it is a man or a woman. I just wasn't sure. I really don't spend any time on the Internet, so I guess I live a little under a rock in that respect."
But now Aguilera has had enough. She says there is no copying and certainly no feud. In a statement to fans released on her website, Christina wrote:
"I would like to take a moment to clarify something that has been brought to my attention this morning. It is very easy for comments to be taken out of context and create unnecessary drama -- especially between us women. So I would like to tell you all directly so my words cannot be misconstrued to sell someone else's story. I have absolutely nothing against Lady Gaga or any other female artist in this business. I think she is great, and I appreciate any woman fearless enough to go against the norm. She has earned her success with hard work and a clear focus and I have nothing but respect for that. There is room for all of us on everyone's iPods. This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist but it will be the last time I comment on the matter."
So that's that. Until Aguilera features Alex Skarsgard in her next video.
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