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Earlier this week, The Daily Mail published an article about Christina Aguilera’s attempt to resurrect her music career after a four-year hiatus. According to the article, Aguilera’s main obstacle is her new image, which critics have panned as an attempt at mimicing Lady Gaga. The article notes:

During Aguilera’s four year absence from the music scene to focus on motherhood – albeit a brief return to release a one-off new single Keeps Getting Better and a Greatest Hits album in 2008 – GaGa has leaped from obscurity to become [sic] of the biggest female acts in the world today.

With both artists known for their platinum blonde hair, risqué outfits and dramatic make-up, comparisons would be inevitable.

But critics accuse Aguilera of ditching her previous retro style of dressing in a bid to outdo eccentric GaGa, 24.

Now I will concede the point that whenever a veteran act attempts to mimic a younger, newer act, it’s never a good look. But Christina Aguilera’s problem is not with biting another artist. The main issue with Aguilera and other artists who attempt to make a comeback after time away from the limelight is one that might make some uncomfortable to hear, but it must be said: Kids.

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Quick, in five seconds, name three female celebrities whose career maintained or grew in momentum after they had children or got married and had children. I’ll wait…

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Anything? That’s what I thought. Moving on…

Personally, I have no issue with women who have kids. If anything I do believe real-life experiences, especially ones on the level of bringing a person into the world and matrimony, can make for some inspiring art. But the only art we’re talking about here is the art of staying famous, and to be good at that requires as little outside distractions as possible.

No matter how capable some of these female artists are of juggling the jobs of motherhood and stardom, their success at the latter unofrunately isn’t determined by them, it’s determined by the masses. And what the masses usually tell female artists who give birth and attempt to make a comeback is one simple word: Stop.

Think back to Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Louboutins’ debacle at the American Music Awards. Forgot? Let’s roll the tape.

Yes, she tripped and fell. Yes, the song was pretty bad. But as many criticisms hurled in J. Lo’s direction had to do with her performance and the song, the one that was brought up in hushed tones or on Twitter, was her being a mother, as though her kids played some sort of role in her fall off. And  to be honest, maybe they did.

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In Lopez’s January cover story for ELLE Magazine, writer Candice Rainey mentions this moment in her sit down with Jenny from the block.

In mama-bear mode, her cordial defensive coolness, found in most insanely famous people after enduring years of interviews, begins to thaw. We talk a little more about the twins’ sleeping schedule (they snooze through the night, FYI) until Lopez realizes we’re off track, bowled over by the unfiltered cuteness of the Max and Emme [Lopez’s two children] sho