8 Comments Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Relive C-Milly’s cover shoot for our 50th issue.
Story by Adell HendersonÂ Â Â
Photography Randee St. Nicholas
A weaker woman wouldâ€™ve thrown in the towel by nowâ€”and not in the dripping-wet way we like. Filled with more publicized lows than highs, Christina Milianâ€™s career has been bumpier than Kardashianâ€™s backside. After years of playing it safe on the Disney circuit, the Cuban beauty reinvented herself as a sexually liberated singer turned actress. But rather than receiving platinum plaques and starring in Oscar-nominated films, she got a cheating celebrity boyfriend (Nick Cannon) and a record label (Island Def Jam) that gave her the boot in 2006 due to poor sales.
But hold all calls, Dancing with the Stars producers. Determined to prove that sheâ€™s more than just a gorgeously photogenic paparazzi subject, Milian, 27, is back with a two-part plan of attack. First, thereâ€™s her new record deal with the digital titans over at MySpace Music. Secondly, sheâ€™s beefing up her Hollywood rÃ©sumÃ© with a sexy costarring role alongside A-listers Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey in this summerâ€™s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Hereâ€™s to hoping she plays McConaugheyâ€™s nymphomaniac ex.
KING When Island Def Jam issued you the pink slip, it was the talk of the town. Howâ€™d that go down exactly?
CHRISTINA MILIAN It happened a week after my album [2006â€™s So Amazinâ€™] came out, so I faked it for a while. A lot of people didnâ€™t know that I got dropped, but I was still promoting for myselfâ€”not necessarily for them. It was a lot of stuff that I got taken off of because somebody was putting some bad energy out about me, so a lot of people separated themselves from me.
How tough was it to digest the humble pie?
When it all happened I was embarrassed. Then all these rumors went out which were so stupid. Everything from, â€œShe didnâ€™t take the [Rihanna] song â€˜S.O.S.,â€™â€ to trying to blame stuff on my man [Dre, of production duo Cool & Dre]. He had nothing to do with anything; all he did was produce music. He didnâ€™t even become my man until after we were done with the album. They tried to use every excuse in the book to put me down, and it worked. It stopped a lot of things from happening for me at the moment.
Times like that must really separate the friends from the fakes.
You know who called me? Keyshia Cole and Amerieâ€”they called me immediately when they heard about it. Theyâ€™re just really down chicks, and Janet [Jackson], too. I bumped into her at a club and talked to her for about an hour. She said, â€œDonâ€™t stop doing what you do. Donâ€™t let them do this to you.â€ That meant a lot to me. You rarely see girls go out of their way to do that.
Despite low sales, paparazzi shots of you bring more traffic to blogs than a Kanye West comment. Where do you think that endless love comes from?
I think Iâ€™m personable and humble. I think a lot of people can see that. When you get to know me, Iâ€™m just like any other girl. I like to smile, I like to have fun, I stay working and I keep in close touch with my fans.
Not to mention your seamless transition into womanhood. You went from Disney to â€œDip It Low.â€ Well done.Â
I went from being the young girl who said, â€œIâ€™d never do that,â€ to the girl who said, â€œIâ€™m growing up.â€ I started dating a way older guy in a different place, and the next thing you know Iâ€™m dipping it low [laughs]. And since then itâ€™s more of a â€œmatureâ€ sexy, as opposed to me being like, â€œHey, Iâ€™m developing my body.â€ My mom always taught me to be comfortable with myself.
Thanks, Mom! Is that inner sexiness something only exposed onstage or does it come out behind closed doors, too?
I think I kind of let people see the person that I really am, but when it comes to my man, it can be a little different [laughs]. Thatâ€™s that private-dancer side. We all got to have some secrets every now and then. Outfits can be cute, high heels are hot, and thereâ€™s nothing like a giggle and a smile to go along with the fun [laughs].
Dre is one lucky son of a bitch. Is everything still love songâ€“worthy between the two of you?
Iâ€™m still in my situation, but heâ€™s on the East Coast and Iâ€™m on the West. For me, itâ€™s about taking small steps, like pacing out my career, eventually living together and getting to know each other.
You really are all grown up. Youâ€™ll be a wife with kids in no time.
I want to have two kids someday but not too soon, and Iâ€™m not ready for marriage. I think that there are certain steps that need to happen before that. Some people can do it quick. I donâ€™t want to be like a lot of these other people in Hollywood who get so caught up in everything, and the next thing you know, they move on like itâ€™s nothing. I value marriage way more than that.
No quick Hollywood marriages, eh? Very interesting. Thereâ€™s actually a certain ex of yours who was still wildinâ€™ out when you were together, and heâ€™s now wedded. Any thoughts on his overnight nuptials?
I didnâ€™t even think about that when I was talking just now. Iâ€™m actually very happy for [Nick Cannon]. I think because of the age difference, itâ€™s going to work out well for them, because she seems really happy [and] he brings a youthful energy. Heâ€™s a good person to be around.
Way to coast down the high road. Letâ€™s keep the sincerity alive here: You were ready to choke a bitch for cheating. Admit it.
Iâ€™m so over being hurt. Back then people would ask me about it, and I would tell them my true feelings at the time. Now that Iâ€™ve grown up, I really do forgive him. We were both young, and as a young guy, he surrounded himself with women with his TV shows and all that kind of stuff. Itâ€™s part of a boyâ€™s temptation, especially at that age, so I understand. Iâ€™m definitely over it now, and Iâ€™m happy for him.
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