Christina Milian has her hand full being a singer, actress and role model. In a time when many young celebs can't stay out of trouble, the 27-year-old is proud of her positive image. But Milian admits to struggling with her self-confidence and an abusive boyfriend growing up. The talented star hasn't let adversity hold her back, though. She just released her new single "Us Against the World," stars in the EA video game Need for Speed Undercover and has two films and an album coming out in 2009. Find out how she stays healthy and happy!
Q: How do you stay fit?
A: I have to work out because in my family we don't have those great genes where you can just eat whatever you want and stay skinny. When I'm really trying to get in shape for a role or going on the road, I work out six days a week, sometimes twice a day. I'll do 20 minutes of jogging on the treadmill, 20 minutes of squats and light weights and another 20 minutes of ab exercises. I'll also cut down on carbs and red meat and eat more greens, more vegetables.
Q: How do you maintain a balance between your work and personal life?
A: I live with my family, my mom and my sisters, so it makes it easier for me. We're very close and with each other constantly. My mom is my manager so we handle a lot of business together. I find with all the hard work I've put into my career, it's important to make time for myself.
Q: You got into show business at a young age. How did you stay grounded?
A: It's important to have a good mentor, like my mom, and keep bad influences away. Sometime you have to just block out all the negativity, which my family taught me from an early age. I've been through a lot of things growing up. I was in a relationship where the guy was mentally and physically abusive. All that stuff really holds you down and it took a lot to build myself back up and to love myself again. A big part of it was surrounding myself with inspiring people and staying positive.
Q: You're a role model to many teenage girls. Who do you look up to?
A: People like Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, who are such confident women who command the stage. I never felt like they had a bad image. Of course my mom is definitely my inspiration cause she's like super woman—an amazing mother and businesswoman.
Q: What's the key to your self-confidence?
A: You don't have to be like anyone else. We're all human, we have our flaws and it's OK. Working out is probably one of the best things you can do. It can be in the form of walking and talking to somebody. I find when I'm a little down on myself it feels good to exercise.