Second shot at love! Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler have been going strong for over a decade.
The “Fighter” singer began dating the MasterClass director in 2010 at the time of her divorce from Jordan Bratman. The exes, who share son Max, married in 2005 and announced their split in October 2010, with a source saying Us Weekly that they were “separated for several months”.
“Our relationship has changed. I grew up as a woman and he grew up as a person. We were both looking for different things. We just weren’t right for each other. I couldn’t face life for another five years together and I feel like I wasted that time being unhappy,” Aguilera said. People in that time. “Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me, that I knew I had to end it. It wasn’t good for us, and it wasn’t good for Max to witness our arguments. Children can sense when things are not right in the house. I had extreme anxiety attacks. I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan and I felt torn about tearing our family apart.”
The Grammy winner’s divorce was settled in February 2011 and finalized that April after Aguilera went public with Rutler in late 2010.
“There is love there. I’m dating and it’s something I haven’t had in a very long time,” she told the agency, adding that Rutler is “the kind of person you can spend hours on the phone with and suddenly it’s day.”
By 2012, the insiders said Us that their relationship “turned into something special”. That same year, she praised his support for her self-esteem issues.
“I’ve been through my highs, I’ve been through my lows; I’ve been through all sorts of things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger… I automatically block out the noise. I love my body. My boyfriend loves my body,” she said Marie Clare. “My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to me.”
Nearly four years into their romance, Aguilera and Rutler got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014. They welcomed daughter Summer Rain that same year, but made it clear they weren’t rushing down the aisle.
“We talk about it when we’re snuggling in bed, but it’s an unusual conversation,” she said Women’s health planning a wedding in 2016. Aguilera continued to talk about their little girl, telling the magazine, “I swear if I didn’t name her Summer, I would have named her Joy because she just lights up the room and shines light and happiness.”
Years later, the insider said Us that the two of them are still happy without marriage.
“There are no wedding plans at the moment. [Christina] and Matt are happy the way they are. They’re one of those couples who don’t need a document to prove their love,” a source said in August 2022, adding that they’re “very much in love” and “real housemates.”
The insider added: “They like to relax at home together like any normal couple, but they also like going out and going out.”
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