Christina shocked the media and her fans last week when she unexpectedly filed for divorce. She opens up to November's issue of Redbook about trying to deal with this life-changing event: "It's not easy, and there have been a lot of tears and sadness. It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight." The singer and celebrity mom says she has a tight inner circle of friends who have been supporting her through the split: "Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on. On days when it feels impossible to even get out of bed, much less function as a mother, their support and encouragement have kept me moving forward."
She credits her son Max, 2, for helping her hold it together: "Thankfully, I have Max to keep me on a sane path. His needs and happiness are my top priorities, and my biggest concern is to protect him and make him feel safe."
There were initially reports of domestic abuse because she was seen with a cut on her lower lip the day she filed the papers, but Christina's reps said there was absolutely no truth to those rumors. Divorce is hard enough without the media trying to create more drama.