Christina Aguilera: “I Embrace My Body”

Singer Christina Aguilera says that she embraces all of the changes that motherhood has brought with it – including her much-talked about curves.

“Some people are afraid of change and [feel] that getting older is a bad thing, but I really love maturing and gaining wisdom,” the 31-year-old star, who is mom to son Max, tells PEOPLE. “And the experience of being pregnant and having a child and seeing what a woman’s body can do is amazing.”

Christina adds that she’s not about to let other people’s opinions drag her down: “I’ve always been one to make it very clear, love me or hate me, take it or leave it, this is who I am,” she says. “I embrace my body, and I embrace everything about myself. Coming full circle is a celebration of freedom and happiness because that’s what [my new album] Lotus is representing. I’m embracing everything that I’ve grown to be and learned to be.”

The ‘Fighter’ songstress will be taking a break from her duties as a coach on The Voice next season in order to promote her album and head out on tour. She says that she has “all the confidence in the world” in singer – and mom-to-be – Shakira, her temporary replacement on the show.

“Well, you just have to sit there, so that’s an easy gig pregnant,” Xtina jokes, adding that Shakira is a “true pro.”

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