Shelly Loraine Kearns: Inside The Life Of Christina Aguilera’s Mother

Shelly Loraine Kearns

Shelly Loraine Kearns is the mother of Christina María Aguilera. Shelly’s daughter Christina is a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. She is recognized as an influential figure in popular music and is known for her four-octave vocal range. She has accumulated numerous awards and honorary accolades throughout her career.

Shelly Loraine Kearns: Bio Summary

NameShelly Loraine Kearns
Age 63 years old as of 2023
Date of birth March 23, 1960
Place of birth Rochester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Famous asmother of Christina Aguilera
Gender Female
Parents Delcie Fidler and Lowell Fidler
Spouse Fausto Xavier Aguilera, Jim Kearns
Children Rachel Aguilera, Christina Aguilera, and Michael Kearns

How Old Is Christina Aguilera’s Mother?

Shelly Loraine Kearns (née Fidler) is Christina Aguilera’s mother. Shelly was born on March 23, 1960, in Rochester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. As of 2023, she is 63 years old. She is the daughter of Delcie Fidler and Lowell Fidler. She has German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry. Details of her siblings and other relatives are not known. Shelly Loraine was a violinist in the American Youth Symphony before becoming a Spanish translator.

Shelly Has Been Married Twice

Shelly Loraine Kearns was married to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a United States Army sergeant. Shelly married Fausto in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the year 1980. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Christina María Aguilera and Rachel Aguilera. The family moved from place to place frequently due to Fausto’s military service.

They lived in New York City, New York, where Christina was born, New Jersey, and Texas. They even moved to Japan and lived in Sagamihara. The family returned to the US and settled in Pennsylvania, where their daughter Rachel was reportedly born. During Shelly Loraine and Fausto’s marriage, Shelly suffered physical and emotional abuse from her husband.

Unfortunately, Shelly was not the only one Fausto was physically and emotionally abusive towards. Their children also went through that abuse. This led to their daughter Christina María Aguilera turning to music to escape her turbulent household. Christina has openly spoken about her father’s abusive behavior.

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Christina Aguilera said she had to watch her “mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up.” In 1987, Shelly Loraine Kearns filed for divorce from her husband Fausto Xavier Aguilera. She then took her two daughters with her and they moved to her mother’s home in Rochester, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Fausto Xavier Aguilera admitted to having had a troubled relationship with Shelly but he denied being abusive towards his daughters, Christina and Rachel. Fausto said per daily mail: “My relationship with her mother was tense and I wasn’t perfect. But I love Christina and her sister Rachel. I never abused them in any way and they know that.”

He added: “Shelly and I disagreed on a lot of things and we both had hot tempers. I’m sorry to have ever raised a hand to my wife, but it was never brutal like Ike and Tina Turner.” After Shelly got divorced from the father of her two girls Fausto Aguilera, she remarried. She found love again after meeting paramedic James “Jim” Kearns. She married James in 1991.

Shelly Loraine Kearns adopted her husband’s last name “Kearns” but her daughters didn’t. Her daughter Christina mentioned that: “There was another time in my childhood when I was being asked to legally change my name to my stepfather’s to be legally adopted and I was again dead set against it. I‘ve been fighting for my last name my whole life.” Shelly and James Kearns have a son named Michael Kearns.

Shelly Loraine Kearns’s Relationship With Her Daughter Christina

Shelly Loraine Kearns and her daughter Christina Aguilera are very close to each other. She has been very supportive of her daughter and has stayed by her side through thick and thin. Even at the time Christina was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Shelly was there by her side.

Shelly’s youngest child, Michael, was also present. Christina Aguilera has openly expressed her love for her mother. Shelly is very proud of her daughter. She said in an interview: “I’ve always been proud of her work ethic, for one. She just never stops, and she is always so afraid to disappoint her fans.”

“I’ve seen her sick literally from exhaustion on more than one occasion, even when I, and others, have asked her to cancel so she can rest. But she always says the people might be disappointed. Also she’s got a wonderful heart and is quite mature (in some aspects, of course) for her age – if maturity is considered a good quality.”

However, Christina had an estranged relationship with her father Fausto Xavier Aguilera but following decades of estrangement, Christina expressed interest in reconciling with her father. She wanted to meet up with her father. In an interview with Latina magazine, Christina said:

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“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.” Per reports, Christina has been able to work things out with her father.

Ruth Kai Botchway

Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email:

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