Christina Milian is an American actress and singer with a net worth of $6 million as of 2021. She was born on September 26, 1981, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Waldorf, Maryland. She began her career as a singer at 19 when she signed a contract with Murder Inc. Records. Milian has released four studio albums several singles, and featured on various soundtracks. She has also appeared in many films and television shows, such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Be Cool, Pulse, Grandfathered, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. She is currently married to French singer M. Pokora and has three children.
Early Life and Education
On September 26, 1981, Christine Flores was named Christina Milian in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her parents are Don Flores and Carmen Milian, both of Cuban descent. Danielle and Elizabeth, her younger sisters, are also women. She adopted her mother’s maiden name as her stage name when she was a teenager, hoping to land a broader range of acting roles.
Milian moved to Waldorf, Maryland, when she was four and attended Matthew Henson Middle School. She was interested in music and acting from an early age and participated in various talent shows and school plays. Milian learned to play the piano and guitar and took ballet, hip-hop, tap, and dance lessons. She also joined a church choir and performed in local musicals.
When she was 13, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sisters to pursue an entertainment career.
Milian Music Career
Milian started her music career by recording demos and sending them to various record labels. She also auditioned for various girl groups but was rejected because of her age or ethnicity. She eventually caught the attention of Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, a famous producer who worked with artists like Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and Brandy. He signed her to his production company and helped her land a deal with Def Jam Records in 2000.
In 2003, Milian recorded the theme song “Call Me, Beep Me!” for the Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible. She also co-wrote and sang the hook for Jennifer Lopez’s song “Play,” which was produced by Jerkins.
In 2006, Milian released her third studio album, So Amazin’, which featured the single “Say I” (featuring Jeezy). The song reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became Milian’s highest-charting single in the US market. However, the album received mixed reviews from critics and sold poorly compared to her previous albums.
Milian finally released her fourth studio album, 4U 2015, an EP consisting of four songs. The EP included the singles “Rebel” and “Do It” (featuring Lil Wayne). Milian also joined Young Money Entertainment, Lil Wayne’s record label, and appeared on the compilation album Young Money: Rise of an Empire in 2014.
Milian has also contributed to various soundtracks, such as Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Christmas Cupid, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, and Resort to Love. She has collaborated with artists like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Cool & Dre, Pitbull, and M. Pokora.
Milian Acting Career
Milian originally wanted to be an actress and began her career by appearing in commercials and guest-starring in various television shows, such as Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, Clueless, Charmed, and The Steve Harvey Show. She also had a recurring role as Tina Flores in the sitcom Cousin Skeeter from 1998 to 2001.
Milian debuted in the 1999 thriller The Wood, where she played a young version of Sanaa Lathan’s character. She then appeared in minor roles in films like American Pie, Durango Kids, and Torque.
Milian’s first lead role was in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Don’t Cost a Thing, where she played Paris Morgan, a popular cheerleader who pretends to date a nerdy student (played by Nick Cannon) to boost his popularity. The film was a remake of the 1987 film Can’t Buy Me Love and received mixed reviews from critics but was a moderate success at the box office.
Milian then starred in the 2005 comedy Be Cool, where she played Linda Moon, an aspiring singer who gets involved with a music mogul (played by John Travolta) and his entourage. The film was a sequel to the 1995 film Get Shorty and featured an ensemble cast that included Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, and Dwayne Johnson. The film received negative reviews from critics but was a commercial success.
Milian’s next film was the 2006 horror film Pulse, where she played Isabelle Fuentes, a college student who discovers that a mysterious computer virus is killing people through electronic devices. The film was a remake of the 2001 Japanese film Kairo and co-starred Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder. The film received poor reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Milian dated actor Nick Cannon from 2003 to 2005. They met on the Love Don’t Cost a Thing set and broke up after Cannon allegedly cheated on her. Milian then dated singer-songwriter The Dream from 2008 to 2011. Milian married in September 2009 and had a daughter named Violet Madison Nash in February 2010. They separated in July 2010 after photos surfaced of The-Dream cheating on her with his assistant. They finalized their divorce in October 2011.
Milian then dated rapper Lil Wayne from 2014 to 2015. They met through their work on Young Money Entertainment and collaborated on several songs.