I remember watching the Grammys and looking at the performances and crying to my mom, saying how much I wanted to be there.

What is it in us that makes us feel the need to keep pretending... we gotta let ourselves be.

I think they say that when you're breast feeding, you know, your weight kind of slims down. It's a little easier. It's like a workout within itself. It's very tiring actually and you find yourself snacking more often.

The artists I look up to are the ones who push their own limits.

I'm experimental by nature... always exploring my creativity.

I'm at peace.

The most successful people I've worked with, like the Rolling Stones - people of a different, kind of legendary caliber - have such great, warm energy.

I've been through my highs, I've been through my lows; I've been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body.

Being a mother, singer and actress is a definite juggling act, but I don't think I would be comfortable any other way.

I'm a big micro manager; I'm a stickler about organisation; everything needs a place, a purpose, and micro managing myself even when I'm in the studio.

I really feel free and not as serious as I have been in the past.

I stray away from formulaic, the formatted.

I don't want to talk about genies in bottles anymore.

I want to be a poet and have a chance to explore that and let people know what's really on my mind.

I do reinvent old hits of mine and sort of give them a new life.

The roughest road often leads to the top.

My mom brought me up to believe that my talent is a gift and a blessing.

My first love was singing and I had no time for boys.

I'm embracing many different things, but it's all feel-good.

I'm a bit of a night owl because that's when I feel the most creative and alive.

I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love.

I hate working out - I have to mentally push myself through it. I can get very whiny, saying things like, 'I can't do it!'

It's been quite a roller coaster ride, but I've grown and learned a lot about myself. The greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch people's lives... for that I give thanks.

It's an amazing thing to say, 'I'm beautiful,' without feeling like you're cocky.

My body can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore - my body is just not on the table that way anymore.

I'm not being like, 'Hey, everybody, I'm pregnant!' I'm not that girl.

Whatever I do, it's my business. It's not my job to parent America.

My parent's divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn't necessarily have had otherwise.

I'm content with life, and I'm finally at that place where I feel relaxed and can really enjoy what's going on around me.

Growing up with the childhood that I had, I learned to never let a man make me feel helpless, and it also embedded a deep need in me to always stick up for women.

My son is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me.

I knew there would be a negative reaction in the press to my divorce, but I am not going to live my life because of something someone might say.

I don't weigh myself - it's all about how I feel in my clothes.

To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists' careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms.

Pop is actually my least favorite kind of music, because it lacks real depth.

I'm not just another bimbo.

When I learned how millions of children go to bed hungry, my only response was, 'What can I do to help?'

I went through my first big breakup, with a boyfriend who I had been with for more than two years. He had been one of my dancers, and it was my first love and his.

Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.

I have those days where I'm PMSing and bloated.

The road is a lot of work.

When you're unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer.

Certain people want to see me solely as a pop act, but there are many different sides to Christina Aguilera besides the pop girl.

I think you can really gauge my state of mind by listening to my albums.

I will not have my son grow up in a tension-filled home.

I really love traveling to Japan.

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?

Red lips and fragrance always top off an outfit for me.

I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl.