Q&A with Christina Milian

Christina talked to us about taking control of her life, her work with the safety app StopAttack, and her favorite things.

--Adam Downer

GGM: Finally, you’re coming back to do a five song EP. What is your music like after nine years? How do you define the “new” sound?

CM: It’s the sound of a new, more mature, more diverse woman. I definitely say it’s a depiction of me growing into my true self and understanding more. I speak in detail. At the end of the day, everything has a feeling to it. It’s not just songs that sound good for the radio. It’s a passion project. Every song has some meaning to it. Even if it’s something fun, it had to have some meaning connected to what was going on in my life. “Rebel,” the start of everything, came out of how everyone is always asking me questions about my love life. My love life is something that is part of my motivation, so I wrote “Rebel” a year ago, and now, the track’s in my TV show Christina Milian Turned Up, and since then, I’ve really taken the reigns of my own projects, directing the music videos and hiring my own team. The EP is just the beginning.

GGM: You mentioned all your projects. You recently became involved with Stop Attack. Can you tell me a bit about what that is and why you started working with this app?

CM: I got involved with Stop Attack because I’m interested in people’s general safety. You watch the news daily, or see on your phone, there’s so much going on in the world from bullying to matters happening between people and the police. I think mobile phones have become really handy in protecting people. When I was in high school and middle school, I was bullied, and I feel like if you hear about people committing suicide because they’re getting attacked and have nowhere to go, and have no way of letting anyone else know… with Stop Attack, you can record everything that’s going on and immediately, it goes to the iCloud, and it immediately informs the top 5 people on your list, including the authorities, if you want. It comes in handy for a lot of different reasons. I’m a woman with a daughter, and I would definitely put it on her phone for her safety. I would do it even if I was just walking in a place I didn’t feel comfortable, so that if something happens, someone could go online to check on me and make sure I’m okay.

GGM: Are you jamming any music right now, or tuning stuff out while you’re in the studio?

CM: I love anything by Wayne, and am bumping his new mixtape. Sorry 4 the Wait 2. I admit I’ve listened to it very often and have it memorized.

GGM: Can you tell me a couple albums you really liked growing up?

CM: Janet Jackson’s Janet, Michael Jackson’s Bad, Salt & Pepa’s Very Necessary.

GGM: How about some movies you’ve seen recently you really liked?

CM: I really liked the movie Focus, with Will Smith. I loved that it was a cat and mouse game between them as two con artists and that they were both very strong characters. I thought it was a sexy little challenge in their relationship with them building trust.

GGM: So I know you have a lovely five-year old daughter. Are there any books you read with her that you love?

CM: Right now, we’re reading this book we got that’s so cute called Princess Cupcake Jones. And I’m getting into American Girl dolls right now! Well, she’s into them, and I’m buying them (laughs).

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