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After Divorce, Struggling Christina Aguilera Relies on Mom, Friends

USMagazine, Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:53am (PDT)

Christina Aguilera is opening up about her recent divorce from Jordan Bratman.

"It's not easy, and there have been a lot of tears and sadness," she tells the December issue of Redbook. "It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight. Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on. On days when it feels impossible to even get out of bed, much less function as a mother, their support and encouragement have kept me moving forward."

UsMagazine.com broke the news that Aguilera, 29, and Bratman, 33, were separating after nearly five years of marriage. Days after the report, she filed for divorce on Oct. 14.

Asked about the rumors (of infidelity on both sides) and whether she and Bratman had tried couples therapy to resolve their issues, she says, "Out of respect for my husband, I prefer to keep the specifics private. Right now, I'm just trying to figure out how to make it through each day.

Her main focus these days is her son, Max, who turns 3 in January. "Thankfully, I have Max to keep me on a sane path," she says. "His needs and happiness are my top priorities, and my biggest concern is to protect him and make him feel safe."

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