Christina Aguilera states business people disputed changing her name because it was ‘too ethnic’
Christina Aguilera may be a worldwide popular pop star, but there was a time when music specialists feared her name would not catch on.
In an interview with Billboard released Friday, the singer remembered how experts around her feared her last name was “too ethnic” at the start of her career.
“I remember when I was first coming up, there was a big debate around me on changing my last name because all the businessmen around me thought it was too long, too complicated and too ethnic,” she said.
So what name did these guys want rather?
“‘ Christina Agee’ was a choice, but that clearly wasn’t going to fly,” Aguilera continued. “I was dead set against the concept, and I wanted to represent who I actually was. Being Latina, it is a part of my heritage and who I am.”
This wasn’t the first time Aguilera was pressured to change her name, the vocalist stated.
“There was another time in my childhood when I was being asked to legally change my name to my stepfather’s to be legally adopted, and I was again dead set against it,” she said. “I’ve been fighting for my last name my whole life.”
In the Billboard interview, Aguilera likewise reflected on recording Spanish variations of her hit songs “Genie in a Bottle” and “Come on Over (All I Want Is You)” for her Spanish-language album “Mi Reflejo.”
“I was excited to bring a new life to (these songs) and reinvent some things,” she said of the album. “I was allowed to create and express new ad libs and vocal runs that I wasn’t given the freedom to do on the original record. Everything sounds better in Spanish. Let’s be honest.”