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    Christina Aguilera Explained How Industry Execs Tried To Change Her Last Name

    "No, I’m Aguilera. I’m proud of where I come from, my father being from Ecuador."

    Christina Aguilera opened up about facing pressure to change her last name in the entertainment industry.

    Christina performing

    Following the release of her Spanish-language album Aguilera earlier this year, Christina explained in a recent interview that the name came because she is "proud to be an Aguilera.”

    Christina poses on the Latin Grammys red carpet in a strapless dress and a bolero with puffed sleeves

    “Something that I really embody and understand is that this is a name that has been tried to be taken away from me on numerous occasions coming up in this business," she continued.

    Christina holding up a People's Choice award

    “It’s not the easiest name for everyone to pronounce,” Xtina added. “It’s been butchered a lot.”

    Close-up of Christina in a low-cut jacket

    As for the “bad names that [she] could have been,” Christina preferred not to repeat what was in the cards from industry execs.

    Christina performing

    “But I was like, 'No, I’m Aguilera. I’m proud of where I come from, my father being from Ecuador,'" she said. “Why not come full circle in all of the chapters and close it on a name, my name?"

    Christina in a slinky gown with a long train

    This isn't the first time Christina has addressed earlier discussions surrounding her name. Back in 2020, she recalled, “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."

    Headshot of Christina