Christina Aguilera says she's been criticized for not being Latina enough.
"I've dealt with that [criticism] my whole life," she said in an interview with Latina Magazine. "I don't speak the language fluently. And I'm split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorean. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am."
In the magazine's March issue, Aguilera opens up about her Hispanic heritage, her turbulent relationship with her father, and her role in the reality talent show "The Voice," which is starting its second season.
"I wouldn't be questioned [about my heritage] if I looked more stereotypically Latina," she said. "Whatever that is. All I know is no one can tell me I'm not a proud Latina woman... I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I'm planning another one even though I don't speak the language. I'm sure that doesn't sit well with some people."
The platinum blonde, who was born in Staten Island, New York, first publicly explored her Latin roots in 2000 with her album "Mi Reflejo" ("My Reflection"). The album won Aguilera two Billboard Latin Music Awards and one Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2011, she again returned to her roots with the song "La Casa" ("The Home").
In the magazine article, Aguilera also talks about her relationship with her estranged father. The last time the singer met with her dad was in 1999 after not seeing him for 12 years, according to The Celebrity Cafe.
In the past, Aguilera has alluded to her "pretty nonexistent" relationship with her father Fausto Aguilera, referring to instances of alleged emotional and physical abuse. This time, it seems Aguilera is ready to forgive. "I've talked about how rough things were for me and I'm sure he's heard it. He can't be thrilled about it. So maybe one day we can do lunch…I'm 31 years old now. Maybe it's time," she said in her interview.