Pink and Christina Aguilera are no doubt two of the most successful female artists in recent music history. Aside from the obvious fact of selling millions of records worldwide, they actually have more in common than you might think when it comes to their professional and personal lives. Among those similarities? Well, they’re both moms of two, both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and both are multiple Grammy winners — something not many people are lucky enough to boast.
Being similar in so many ways, fans would be forgiven for thinking the two were probably always good friends after shooting to fame around the same time and crossing paths multiple times throughout their careers. But, unfortunately, that’s not exactly the case. Pink and Xtina reportedly entered into a feud in the early 2000s — and it still comes up all these decades later.
Keep reading for a timeline of Christina Aguilera and Pink’s infamous beef.
Moulin Rouge kicked off Pink and Christina Aguilera's drama
What better place to start than where it all began? Pink and Christina Aguilera’s feud goes all the way back to 2001 when the two teamed up with Mýa and Lil’ Kim to record a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack. In her 2009 episode of “Behind the Music,” Pink revealed things didn’t get off to a great start between her and Xtina.
Pink said things were shaky from the moment Aguilera and record executive Ron Fair arrived and the latter started making decisions about the song. “He didn’t say hi to any of us and said, ‘What’s the high part? What’s the most singing part? Christina’s going to take that part,'” she recalled. None too pleased with this introduction, the outspoken pop star replied, “So nice of you to introduce yourself. I’m Pink. She will not be taking that part. I think that’s what the f**king meeting’s about.”
Things didn’t get any better when they met again to record the music video, either. Tina Landon, the lead choreographer, told Cosmopolitan, “It got a little hairy at one point.” She remembered a moment when Aguilera asked Paul Hunter, the video’s director, to repeat some instructions. “And Pink reiterated what Paul had said,” Landon recalled. “Christina did the thing: ‘I was talking to Paul.'” However, she said “the tension dissolved” and they made music video magic happen.
Wait, what happened at the club with Christina Aguilera and Pink?
Around the same time they were spending a lot of time together for “Lady Marmalade,” things supposedly escalated between Pink and Christina Aguilera during a night on the town. And years after the evening in question took place, Pink went on a TV show and said the “Beautiful” hitmaker allegedly attempted to duke it out with her.
On an October 2017 episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Pink told Andy Cohen that she and Xtina didn’t totally click when they were working on “Lady Marmalade” together. “I’m used to taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal,” she shared. “We just are very different.” When asked if she ever got physical with Aguilera at the height of their drama, Pink responded, “Actually, she swung on me in a club, which is hilarious.” Cohen pointed out that Pink is a “Philly girl,” to which she replied, “I was like, ‘What’s happening right now?'” She told the “WWHL” host that in the moment she “laughed because it was just funny.”
Whatever took place that night, the two worked things out down the road. “Women have to learn how to support each other,” Pink said. “It’s not taught to us on the playground.”
Linda Perry fueled the Pink and Christina Aguilera beef
It wasn’t just all the “Lady Marmalade” drama that forced a wedge between Christina Aguilera and Pink. The latter has also hinted that some major friend jealousy may have played a part in their past drama, as she admitted she wasn’t too happy when songwriter Linda Perry started writing with her then-enemy.
Perry is one of the biggest songwriters in the game and is responsible for some of both Pink and Xtina’s most successful hits. One of Perry’s biggest writing credits came in 2001 when she penned and produced Pink’s mega hit “Get This Party Started,” which is one of the songs that really shot Pink to stardom. Fast-forward a year to 2002 and Perry had another huge single on her hands: Aguilera’s powerful ballad “Beautiful.”
“I took it really personally when [Perry] started working with other artists, particularly artists that I didn’t like,” Pink admitted in her 2009 VH1 “Behind the Music” special, seemingly referring to Aguilera. “I don’t think imitation is the highest form of flattery. I think it’s annoying,” she added, noting that Perry was her “childhood idol.”
Record executive L.A. Reid also noted on the special that “[there] wouldn’t be a ‘Beautiful’ with Christina Aguilera if there wasn’t Pink’s ‘Missundaztood’ album.” Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Aguilera heard that remark.
The Voice united Pink and Christina Aguilera
For the longest time, there was seemingly nothing to report when it came to Pink and Christina Aguilera’s beef. The twosome’s feud more or less bubbled under the surface after the early 2000s and the two appeared to keep their distance from one another in the years that followed — but all that changed in May 2016. After almost a decade and a half, the two actually teamed up to help others realize their dreams of achieving pop stardom.
The shocking move all went down when Pink served as Aguilera’s advisor on “The Voice,” putting the duo side by side — literally. When asked what inspired her to assist her former enemy on the NBC singing competition, Pink explained to ET that they “had history and it hasn’t always been wonderful,” but their fraught dynamic wasn’t set in stone. “It just took us 15 years and I feel like there was true love and it felt really good,” Pink shared.
The “There You Go” singer added that both had grown up a lot and were grateful to have buried their bad blood. “I love when you’re around long enough to have a full circle moment and that was a full circle moment for me because in all honesty, I’m a fan of hers,” she said. “It was just a really refreshing, nice visit.”
Pink slapped down a Christina Aguilera fan on Twitter
Feud over? It certainly seemed that way just over a year after Pink and Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice” team up. But not everyone was convinced. The former was forced to double down on the fact she and the “Dirrty” singer had moved on after an Xtina fan had something not so nice to say on social media.
It all went down in August 2017 when a hater wrote in a since deleted tweet (via ET), “Let’s celebrate @Pink’s Vanguard Award with the only relevant video of her career, starring as Xtina backup singer,” alongside the “Lady Marmalade” music video. Well, Pink is Pink, and she wasn’t about to take that lying down.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Pink hit back, “Want to point out an awful new phenomenon of the last 10 years. We can no longer be happy for each other. I [love] Xtina, we’ve made amends… Music brings us all together. The best part of music is- there’s room for everyone to win at the same time. Don’t be what’s wrong [with the] world.” She continued, “Let’s be an example of inclusion and celebration. You don’t have to like me at all, I’m ok with that. Just be a decent person.”
Pink then threw a little shade in the hater’s direction by adding, “And you’re f**kin rip van winkle if you’ve never seen one of my videos.” Well, she definitely has a point.
Is another Pink and Christina Aguilera duet on the cards?
Somewhere around the time Pink was hitting back at Christina Aguilera’s fans on Twitter, the two actually hit the studio together. The former revealed that they’d recorded a duet together at some point after a fan quizzed her during an October 2017 episode of “Watch What Happens Live.”
“Now that you and Christina are on good terms, do you ever think you will collaborate on another song?” the fan asked, to which Pink coyly responded, “We may or may not have already collaborated. So…” Host Andy Cohen was left visibly stunned, and Pink admitted she maybe was not supposed to let that information slip.
As of May 2021, said collaboration is still yet to see the light of day, but Aguilera herself admitted she’d “love” fans to be able to hear it in a June 2018 interview with Paper, where she called it “a great song.” Xtina admitted, “I’d definitely like to release that song in a really fun, cool, collaborative way” and went on to praise Pink for seemingly the first time since they buried their feud. “She’s just such a great artist and has grown into being such a strong force for women and I think she’s awesome. And she sounds amazing on the record,” the star said of her former enemy. #ReleaseTheDuet, anyone?
How motherhood helped Christina Aguilera and Pink move forward
Proving Pink and Christina Aguilera actually spoke way more about one another in the years after their feud than they ever did when they were actually at loggerheads, Pink continued to gush over Xtina during her October 2017 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live.” Andy Cohen got all the info during a game of “Plead The Fifth,” to which Pink admitted that motherhood was one of the big things that made them put an end to the pettiness.
“We became moms. We grew up. We hugged it out. It’s that simple. I feel so good about that,” she shared. Pink welcomed her first child, daughter Willow Sage, in 2011, and gave birth to son Jameson Moon in 2016; Aguilera’s son Max was born in 2008 and daughter Summer Rain arrived in 2014.
On the aforementioned episode of “WWHL,” Pink called Aguilera “a really sweet person” and confirmed that their 2016 appearance on “The Voice” helped them bond. Around that same time, Pink spoke to The Guardian about being pitted against other female pop stars, calling it “girl-on-girl violence” — though she didn’t explicitly name Aguilera. “I hate [the feuds],” she said. “I despise how readily available they are. That’s the only thing I’m a little more thoughtful about.”
Pink's reaction to a Christina Aguilera performance raised some eyebrows
Only one month after Pink clarified things were all good between her and Christina Aguilera, the former was forced to hit back once again. Pink was accused of reigniting her and Xtina’s feud at the American Music Awards in November 2017 after a number of viewers accused her of pulling a less-than-impressed face from the audience while watching Aguilera pay tribute to Whitney Houston (via Women’s Health). Screen grabs of Pink’s reaction went viral on social media, so much so that Pink felt obligated to take to Twitter to defend herself.
“Waking up to see a newly created [rift] between myself and another incredible woman, Christina, who took on an incredible feat, who I support fully, makes me so sad,” she tweeted. “You all perpetuate keeping women apart b/c you’re afraid of the power we have when we get together.” The star continued, “I choose to remember last night as being a celebration of women, of Diana [Ross], of Whitney, of love and life and joy and all things good.” She then added a big “thank you” to all those “that had the courage to take that stage,” seemingly including Aguilera.
Christina Aguilera addressed the infamous club incident
Alas, it wasn’t quite all kiss and makeup for Pink and Christina Aguilera just yet. In February 2019, Aguilera was asked about the infamous feud on — what else? — “Watch What Happens Live.” During the “Plead The Fifth” segment, it became clear Xtina’s version of events didn’t quite match Pink’s anecdote about their infamous adventure out on the town.
“I seem to have a different memory of a night we had at a club where we played spin the bottle,” Xtina said. “I have a love memory… I wouldn’t swing on her! She can beat my a**, are you kidding me?” As for how things may have gotten misconstrued? Well, she said Pink covered her mouth because she didn’t want to kiss her and Xtina took offense. “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s what we’re doing? Alright,'” Aguilera recalled.
Xtina told Andy Cohen she’d seen Pink’s episode of “Behind the Music” and was well aware “she has some feelings about how the recording of ‘Lady Marmalade’ went down.” She went on to admit she was “intimidated” by Pink during those early days and even accused her of “heckling [her] in the audience a little bit behind the director” while filming the music video. But again, those bygones couldn’t be bigger bygones. “She’s a different person now,” Xtina said. “She’s a mom. She’s cool.”
Pink vowed never to kiss Christina Aguilera again
Fast-forward to May 2021: Pink and Christina Aguilera’s night out at the club came up yet again. However, this time around, Pink said she did in fact go lip-to-lip with her fellow superstar. The “Trouble” hitmaker shared her recollection of the spin the bottle game while speaking to Variety. “Yes, she kissed me. That was a fun party,” Pink said, but made it clear she won’t be planting one on her collaborator again. Why? “I have a 9-year-old dude,” the star joked of her daughter, Willow, admitting she didn’t want her to see snaps or video where she’s smooching Xtina. Suffice to say, their days of spinning the bottle together are long behind them.
The star also touched on Aguilera in another interview that same month, where she may have offered a little more insight into what really started their drama almost two decades earlier. Speaking to People, Pink recalled how she hated always being compared to Aguilera and fellow pop superstar Britney Spears. “It was so unfair to all the girls. None of us wanted that,” she said. Clearly, this feud has been Lady Marma-laid to rest.
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