Marriage made Christina Aguilera's relationship stronger

This November, Christina Aguilera will celebrate five years of marriage with her music exec hubby, Jordan Bratman, and in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan UK the pop singer-turned actress tells how nothing much has changed for the couple since they started dating in 2002.

"Marriage unites you and makes you official, but it didn't change our relationship. All the things like wanting to work hard and play hard -- they were always important to us," she says. "We've been married for five years now, and I think the secret is in always keeping it interesting. You have to make time for yourselves."

Five years is a stretch for almost any Hollywood marriage, but Aguilera, who welcomed the couple's son, Max, in January 2008, tells Cosmo, "It's important to be open to growing together, and when the going gets tough, you have to see how you can make your relationship more special and how you can spend more quality time together. Everyone has rough patches, everybody grows and we all change. It's important to give each other room to grow and to accept them for who they are."

The couple were married at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California on November 19, 2005. The singer wore an elaborate Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown for the Jewish nuptuals. She traded the dress for a satin mini for the reception, where 150 guests including Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake and then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz, were treated to renditions of Aguilera's "Lady Marmalade" and "At Last." The three-day honeymoon followed at a small resort in the Napa Valley.


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