OnlyOnAOL: Christina Milian talks 'Turned Up,' family, and her musical journey

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Christina Milian has worn many hats throughout her career: singer, actress, TV personality, and, most recently, reality TV star. It's all of those phases of her career that have allowed her one true constant -- music -- to evolve.

"My musical growth is based on experience," she explained when we caught up with her. "It's about not having anything holding back my creativity."

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Though she's now at a point in her career where she's able to take charge of her music and make her own decisions about the direction of her sound, it hasn't always been that way. Milian told us that she used to throw out an idea and let others take the reigns. But now, as a mother, she's less willing to let others take control of her career and her life.

"I think that if you take matters into your own hands, you can make something that's perfect for you and your audience."

And that something perfect, in Milian's eyes, is "Christina Milian Turned Up," her reality show on E! that's currently in its second season. The show follows Milian and her tight-knit family, and comes across as being fairly real (as far as reality shows are concerned), which is something that she takes pride in.

"I think everything has been pretty honest, and that's all that I ask for," she confesses.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Singer-songwriter Christina Milian attends AOL BUILD Series: Christina Milian, 'Grandfathered' and 'Christina Milian Turned Up' at AOL Studios In New York on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: ÃR&B Artist Christine Milian visits 'Music Choice' on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brook Christopher/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Christina Milian attends the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Christina Milian arrives at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Christina Milian attends Sean 'Diddy' Combs Exclusive Birthday Celebration Presented By CIROC Vodka on November 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Christina Milian attends the premiere of Disney Channel's 'The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar' at Walt Disney Studios on November 14, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Host Christina Milian attends Gran Centenario Tequila presents Angels On Earth at the Sunset Tower on November 11, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Gran Centenario Tequila)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Singer/songwriter Christina Milian attends the Balmain x H&M Los Angeles VIP Pre-Launch on November 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Christina Milian attends SAG Foundation's 'Conversations' series screening of 'Grandfathered' at SAG Foundation Actors Center on November 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Christina Milian at the People's Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Press Conference at The Paley Center for Media on November 3, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Christina Milian arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'The Peanuts Movie' held at Regency Village Theatre on November 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Singer Christina Milian is seen outside 'Huffpost Live'on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Christina Milian visits SiriusXM to chat about her shows - E!'s 'Christina Milian Turned Up' and FOX's 'Grandfathered' at SiriusXM Studios on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actress Christina Milian attends Star Magazine's Scene Stealers party at The W Hollywood on October 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actress Christina Milian attends her Make Up Launch at We Are Pop Culture on October 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress Christina Milian attends Latina Magazine's 'Hot List' party at The London West Hollywood on October 6, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Christina Milian attends the go90 Sneak Peek held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Art on September 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Entertainer Christina Milian attends Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge at Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Christina Milian attends Heidi Klum + Gabriel Aubry's celebration of the launch of INC's 30th Anniversary Collection at IAC Building on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Heidi Klum)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress/singer-songwriter Christina Milian attends 'Gloss: The Work Of Chris Von Wangenheim' Book Launch Party at The Tunnel on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Singer Christina Milian poses backstage at the BCBGMAXAZRIA fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Christina Milian attends Diddy and Friends #FINNAGETLOOSE MTV VMA After Party at SupperClub Los Angeles on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 08: Singer/actress Christina Milian arrives at the Go Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 06: Christina Milian arrives at the 2015 Summer TCA Tour - FOX All-Star Party at Soho House on August 6, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Singer / actress Christina Milian hosts the launch Of We Are Pop Culture Pop-up Store on July 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress/Singer Christina Milian attends the NYX Cosmetics VIP lounge during BeautyCon LA! at The Reef on July 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for NYX Cosmetics)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Actress Christina Milian attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Christina Milian arrives for the NALIP 16th Annual Latino Media Awards, arrivals at W Hollywood on June 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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Ensuring that her life was portrayed authentically on a reality show wasn't something that she ever really worried about, though. As a self-confessed "fan of reality TV," Milian insists that she was never nervous about how she would come across. Instead, she's doing "Turned Up" in an effort to let "my fans have a new, in-depth perception of who I am."

But really, "Christina Milian Turned Up" is about her relationship with her immediate family: Her sisters, her mother, and her daughter, Violet. And following years of traveling for her career, Milian says that deciding to appear on the show with them has made her closer with the most important people in her life.



"It brought us closer, to be honest with you," she says confidently. "We're closer more now than ever. We were actually pretty close growing up, but it was just different. As kids, we don't know half of the things we know now. As women, it's about learning to respect each other's character and accepting each other even more."

And being closer to her family is something Christina Milian surely turns up for.

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