Christina and Britney do have a long history together, with them both starring on the Mickey Mouse Club revival in the early ’90s before being catapulted into superstardom by the end of the decade and continuing to dominate the pop music scene in the aughts. However, the two were often pitted against each other.
“When I was coming up, it was very obvious you know?” she told Jimmy in 2018. “Me and Britney were definitely—there was a Britney-Christina considered rivalry thing.”
Indeed, Christina felt like they were treated differently in the press, especially after the release of her 2002 hit “Dirrty.”
“It’s hard to hear yourself being called names,” she recalled to Cosmopolitan in 2018. “I remember being hurt by these commercials on MTV, pitting Britney as the good girl and me as the bad girl. It’s like, if I’m going to be demure and innocent, that’s okay. But if I’m going to just be myself, I’m trouble.”