Christina Aguilera Clarifies Lady Gaga Comments In Out Magazine

'This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist,' she says in a letter to fans.

After taking several years off to become a mother, [artist id="509026"]Christina Aguilera[/artist] is in the midst of a publicity blitz in advance of the release of her upcoming album Bionic. But the thing about being a pop diva is that, as soon as you're gone for a minute, new stars come to take your place, be they Katy Perry, Ke$ha or, in Aguilera's case, [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist].

Though Gaga's little monsters have been hammering Aguilera for alleged copycat looks and sounds for the past month, Christina has mostly taken the high road, claiming there's room for everyone and recently saying that her work and track record speak for themselves.

But in the new issue of Out magazine, Aguilera takes a not-so-subtle dig at her purported rival, chuckling when the interviewer brings up Gaga. "Oh, the newcomer," Aguilera said. "I think she's really fun to look at." Though Gaga hasn't weighed in on the jabs, one of her most ardent supporters, blogger Perez Hilton, has been posting a series of scathing attacks on Aguilera over the comments to the gay magazine.

On Monday (May 17), Aguilera posted a letter to fans on her website attempting to defuse the situation. "I would like to take a moment to clarify something that has been brought to my attention this morning," she wrote. "It is very easy for comments to be taken out of context and create unnecessary drama — especially between us women. So I would like to tell you all directly so my words can not be misconstrued to sell someone else's story ... I have absolutely nothing against Lady Gaga or any other female artist in this business. I think she is great, and I appreciate any woman fearless enough to go against the norm. She has earned her success with hard work and a clear focus and I have nothing but respect for that. There is room for all of us on everyone's iPods."

Alluding to her alleged rivalry with fellow "Mickey Mouse Club" alum Britney Spears, Aguilera complained, "This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist, but it will be the last time I comment on the matter."

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