Christina Aguilera's Revealing Marie Claire Cover

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Wow! An expectant Christina was photographed for the cover of the January issue of Marie Claire magazine in quite a revealing way!

In the interview with Marie Claire, Christina shares that pregnancy wasn’t really on her mind when she found out she and husband Jordan Bratman were to become first-time parents.

“We were planning on starting to try after the [Nov. 2006-May 2007 Back to Basics] tour. And so, I had gone off the Pill to prepare my body, because I didn’t know how much time it would take,” Christina, 26, shared.

“You’ve heard it takes some time – except with Power Egg and Super Sperm here,” she reveals, “I’m like, Oh, my God, can you believe it just happened?”

Christina believes the moment of conception occurred when Jordan – a music executive whom the singer married two years ago – visited Georgetown during a tour stop, when she had one month of physically challenging concerts still left to perform. (Her Washington, D.C. concert took place in early April – which could conceivably mean the baby’s due in January.)

Besides hanging from a circus pinwheel during the tour, Christina also sported dangerously high heels onstage.

“I was paranoid,” she admits. “There are so many things that could go wrong – somebody could slip, somebody could fall, I could fall. There was no way in hell I was going to jeopardize my baby for my show.”

Her solution was to wear a carefully hidden heart monitor that she kept secret from concert crowds. “I didn’t want to make the audience uncomfortable, like, ‘Pregnant lady onstage! Is she going to be okay?’ But I had to announce it to my band and my dancers, because I wanted to make sure they had my back.”
Having kept mum about her pregnancy, until she confirmed her condition to Glamour magazine (which reported it earlier this month), Christina was asked if she was upset when, at an MTV Video Music Awards party in September, Paris Hilton publicly introduced her as “the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world.”

With a shrug, Christina said, “Because I hadn’t said anything, people thought I was trying to keep it this big, bad secret, and that’s not the case at all. I just wasn’t commenting. I’m not being like, ‘Hey, everybody, I’m pregnant!’ I’m not that girl.”

Now that the secret’s out, Aguilera says she favors having a large family, though she doesn’t have a specific size in mind.

Asked too how her “confrontational sexuality” might come into play with her parenting, Christina responds: “We’re so labeled. If you’re too sexual, you’re slutty. If you’re not sexual enough, you’re a prude. I like to put it out there as a topic of conversation. Why does it bother you? What’s your problem with it? Am I really hurting you? Let’s get to the root of it.”

When it comes to herself, she adds, “I have more than one side of me that likes to get out on a stage and sing. Sometimes I want to be aggressive, sometimes I want to feel empowered in my sexuality and my vulnerability. I want to put all that out there.”

Chickenpox Strikes The Spice Babies

Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell is being forced to leave her 18-month-old daughter Bluebell at home while she and the other Spice Girls prepare to kick off their world tour in Vancouver on Sunday.

“Bluebell caught chickenpox from Cruz,” Geri (“Ginger” Spice), 35, revealed Friday morning on the British TV show GMTV. “She’s now completely pelted now so I left her at home. Normally they’re running around the set.”

As Geri suggests on the official Spice Girls’ blog, the outbreak was inevitable.

Daughter Bluebell, she says, “loves hanging with the Beckham boys. Cruz and Bluebell have play dates, and Romeo – well, he is just gorgeous with her. Actually, it was a beautiful moment when we were rehearsing the other day and all of our kids were playing on the stage at the same time. It made me smile.”

Between them, the girls have seven children: Victoria Beckham, 33, has three sons, Brooklyn, 8, Romeo, 5, and Cruz; Emma Bunton, 31, has one son Beau, born in August; Mel Brown, 32, has two children, Phoenix Chi, 8, and Angel, born in April, while Halliwell has little Bluebell. Melanie Chisholm, 33, so far is kid-less.

Victotia shared with Britain’s GMTV on Friday, “My husband [David Beckham]’s been away for a month. I go home, and I have three kids to look after. I was up at 5 o’clock this morning sorting everything out so then I’m ready for when I’ve got to take the kids to school.”

Kids getting chickenpox sort of seems like the good ole days now! 🙂 I reluctantly vaccinated both of my children against chickenpox, but I remember getting it as a kid and it wasn’t a big deal. I do have a couple small scars, but that’s all.

Best wishes to Bluebell and Cruz for a speedy recovery.


Drea De Matteo & Shooter Jennings Welcome A Daughter

Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo of Sopranos fame has welcomed a daughter named Alabama Gypsy Rose.

The actress, 35, and her musician boyfriend Shooter Jennings, 28, welcomed Alabama Gypsy Rose on Wednesday night, a rep for the actress tells E! Online’s Marc Malkin.

Alabama Gypsy Rose is the first child for the couple, who have been dating for six years.

In June, even before she knew the gender, Drea had a feeling she was having a girl. “I use ‘she,’ because I’m getting so fat, I think it’s a girl!” she said at the time.