Christina Aguilera's been with us a long time. We've been through our ups and our downs, our X-Tina days and our Britney Spears Coke/Pepsi wars. We've sat through The Voice together, and listened to some music sometimes. And now, after over a decade together in this weird reciprocal relationship between famous people and the people who like to read about their lives, Aguilera would like her fans to know that she is very grateful for all we've done together.
Very grateful. Like super grateful. Super-duper, super-duper-duper grateful.
More specifically, Aguilera wrote a letter to her fans, expressing her gratitude in...well, a lot of words. Long words. Sweet words. Rambling words.
Here are some samplings of said words, which she posted to her website late last night:
"I wanted to reach out to my fans out there that continuously support me and have my back relentlessly throughout the years. I am so grateful and fortunate for your dedication. Your time & [sic] devotion. Your kindness and understanding. Your patience and compassion. I continue to work, create and deliver my best to you."
"It has been a tremendous gift to have been able to share my work on such a large scale with all of you around the world, who have supported and appreciated my efforts through all I've worked tirelessly in accomplishing, for so many years now. You're strength encourages me to continue digging deep and searching within myself to openly offer my heart & soul to you. As you have for me at all times and in every stage of my life and career.
Thanks for giving me a home inside your hearts and within your lives. Its [sic] my wonderful gift back I get from you. Its [sic] truly inspiring. And I live to be inspired. Thank you.I may get quiet at times, but when I do have something to say, I mean every word.
My thoughts are always with you and my creative process always stirring within.
I decided to share my thoughts with you at length and tell you openly how I feel.
Oh, and she does. She certainly does. She also shares some advice:
"Be fearless in owning who you are. No matter what, you have to put yourself out there and take risks. Sink or swim. You have to give things a try. Provoke thought. Speak from your heart. Live in the moment. Experience and discover the growth within yourself that challenges in live give you. And appreciate that gift that's only given through times of struggle and hardship."
"Be patient. And good to yourself. We spend too much time critiquing ourselves and beating ourselves up...Appreciate the courage it takes to give yourself and put yourself out there in the forefront. Not everyone can do that."
We don't mean to belittle what is obviously a very heartfelt message; just to convey that it is also a very effusive, at times overwhelming one. One clocking it at over 2,200 words.