After nearly five long years, Christina Aguilera's marriage to Jordan Bratman had deteriorated. The powerhouse singer, who filed for divorce in October, opens up about her "unhealthy and unhappy" relationship in the new issue of People magazine, and also speaks about her budding new romance.
"Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me, I knew I had to end it," Aguilera explains candidly in the issue. "It wasn't good for us, and it wasn't good for [our son] Max to witness our arguments. When you're unhappy in a marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. That's the last thing I wanted for my son."
As noted in her hit single "Fighter," the songstress wasn't going to let her marriage fall apart without a fight. Aguilera tells the magazine that they tried to spend some family time together on a trip to Italy, but things still didn't work out."
While Xtina tried her best to save the romance, she ultimately got a reality check when she returned home from shooting her sparkling new musical, "Burlesque," in March. "When I finished filming, I didn't feel right in my own shoes [at home]," she said. "I had a lot of things stirring inside of me that I felt were being suppressed. We just weren't right for each other. I couldn't face living another five years [together]."
So what's the deal with her new boyfriend, Matthew Rutler? Aguilera admits he's "a special person," whom she met on the set of "Burlesque." "We had a really strong friendship on the movie. He's the kind of person you could spend hours on the phone talking to and all of a sudden it's daylight. Once I filed for divorce, we started dating."
When asked if she's in love, the singer explained that there's something special in Rutler, saying, "There's a love there, yes. I'm having fun, I'm dating and it's something I haven't had in a really long time."