Pink recalls being opposed to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera early on
After more than two decades in the music business, Pink has earned her status as a global superstar. But she always looks back on the beginnings of her career with a certain regret.
The three-time Grammy winner, 41, told People how damaging it was to have been pitted against fellow pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera when the three debuted in the early 2000s.
âIt was so unfair to all the girls,â revealed Pink, who adorns the magazine’s new issue. “None of us wanted this.”
While Spears and Aguilera both had long blonde hair early in their careers, Pink emerged with a more punk look. Her short, neon pink hairstyle and black leather clothes meant she was bolder than her pop peers.
Looking back, Pink said that being marketed as âthe anti-Britneyâ was something that was never right for her.
âI love Britney – she used to carry my album,â she recalls. “I was like, ‘Dude, I’m a street punk, I just skateboard. It can’t be anti-Britney. I don’t wanna fight nobody.'”
The “What About Us” singer, whose new Amazon Prime Video documentary, “Pink: All I Know So Far,” is released on May 21, said she was fortunate enough to receive some helpful advice as she was young by famous music producer LA Reid.
“One of the best things LA Reid has ever told me is that this music company is big enough that everyone wins at the same time. There is no competition,” she said. Explain.
“I think we sailed as well as a 20 year old girl can,” she added. Now I think it’s totally different. Girls supporting girls is awesome – love watching it. “
Pink previously opened up about her rivalry with Aguilera during an appearance on âWatch What Happens Live with Andy Cohenâ in October 2017.
The mum-of-two recalled that she and Aguilera faced off when they collaborated (with Lil ‘Kim and Mya) on a 2001 cover of Patti LaBelle’s 1974 hit, “Lady Marmalade.”
âWe were super young and super new to it all, and I think I’m an alpha, and she’s an alpha,â Pink explained.
“I’m used to taking my physical altercations and she’s used to having them verbal. We’re just very different; we’re very different. And we were very young and new,” she said.
The “All I Know So Far” singer added that tensions have grown so high that Aguilera “once hit me in a club”.
But when Aguilera appeared on Cohen’s show in January 2019, she denied Pink’s story.
âLook at her and look at me. I wouldn’t want to swing on her! She can beat my ass. Are you kidding me? She could really hit my ass (from the back) then, âshe said.
To hear the “Beautiful” singer say it, the only thing she tried to hit Pink with was a kiss.
“I seem to have a different memory of a night we had at a club where we played spin the bottle. I have a memory of love,” she recalls, laughing.
Aguilera said she was “turned on” by the idea of ââfucking Pink, but soon realized the feeling was not mutual.
As the two leaned against each other, Pink “put her hand up like that,” Aguilera said, covering her mouth. âShe didn’t want to have ‘Dirrty’,â she joked, referring to her sexy 2002 pop hit.
The pair told Cohen they put their bitter past behind them in 2016 when Aguilera invited Pink to coach her team on “The Voice.”
âWe have become mothers. We grew up. We kissed, âPink explained. “It’s that simple. I feel so good about it.”