Pop stunner Christina Aguilera has paid the heavy price of fame - many of her close friends have sold her out for money.

The GENIE IN A BOTTLE singer placed faith in those around her, but soon realised that instead of friendship they had ulterior motives involving money.

Aguilera says, "When you find out someone you thought of as a friend is stealing your money, charging things to your credit card, and the other is writing a book about you, it's heartbreaking.

"It's sad learning that, in this business, money is more important to people than friends.

"I'm only young and already have lots of lawsuits, but I have learned you've always got to watch out for yourself and be true to yourself."

08/01/2004 02:25