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Christina Aguilera Addresses 'Not Latina Enough' Criticism, Opens Up About Her Hispanic Heritage And Estranged Father

First Posted: 02/ 7/2012 11:18 am Updated: 02/ 7/2012 2:24 pm

Christina Aguilera says she's been criticized for not being Latina enough.

"I've dealt with that [criticism] my whole life," she said in an interview with Latina Magazine. "I don't speak the language fluently. And I'm split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorean. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am."

In the magazine's March issue, Aguilera opens up about her Hispanic heritage, her turbulent relationship with her father, and her role in the reality talent show "The Voice," which is starting its second season.

"I wouldn't be questioned [about my heritage] if I looked more stereotypically Latina," she said. "Whatever that is. All I know is no one can tell me I'm not a proud Latina woman... I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I'm planning another one even though I don't speak the language. I'm sure that doesn't sit well with some people."

The platinum blonde, who was born in Staten Island, New York, first publicly explored her Latin roots in 2000 with her album "Mi Reflejo" ("My Reflection"). The album won Aguilera two Billboard Latin Music Awards and one Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2011, she again returned to her roots with the song "La Casa" ("The Home").

In the magazine article, Aguilera also talks about her relationship with her estranged father. The last time the singer met with her dad was in 1999 after not seeing him for 12 years, according to The Celebrity Cafe.

In the past, Aguilera has alluded to her "pretty nonexistent" relationship with her father Fausto Aguilera, referring to instances of alleged emotional and physical abuse. This time, it seems Aguilera is ready to forgive. "I've talked about how rough things were for me and I'm sure he's heard it. He can't be thrilled about it. So maybe one day we can do lunch…I'm 31 years old now. Maybe it's time," she said in her interview.

Aguilera also discussed the rigorous schedule in her role as judge for NBC's "The Voice." She appeared with fellow judges Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Blake Shelton and Cee-Lo Green in a SuperBowl commercial.

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  • Video Shoot For Maroon 5

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Singer Christina Aguilera performs at the Maroon 5 video shoot for "Moves Like Jagger" on July 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for A&M/Octone)

  • Disney Christmas Day Parade

    ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 06: In this handout provided by Disney Parks, Christina Aguilera poses with Minnie Mouse following the taping of the 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on November 06, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The performance aired on Christmas Day (December 25, 2011).(Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

  • Christina Aguilera And Her Son Max

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - APRIL 11: In this handout photo provided by Walt Disney Studios, Grammy Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera poses with her son Max at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort on April 11, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the early 1990s, Aguilera starred in "The New Mickey Mouse Club," a musical variety series taped at Walt Disney World. On April 26, 2011, Aguilera debuted as one of four musician coaches on the NBC vocal competition series "The Voice." (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney via Getty Images)

  • At Press conference For NBC's "The Voice"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at NBC's press conference for the show "The Voice" on March 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • At The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Show

    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Christina Aguilera performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Video Game Launch Party

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the official launch party for the highly anticipated video, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, at the Belasco Theatre on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Presenting Her New Fragrance

    MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 13: Singer Christina Aguilera presents the new fragrance "Royal Desire" at the Upside East Lounge on July 13, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)


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