Matthew Rutler is an American guitarist, production assistant, and executive vice president at the online education platform MasterClass. He is also known for being the husband of the popular American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera.
Matthew Rutler was born on Friday, April 5, 1985 (age 36 years; as of 2021), in Wyckoff, New Jersey, United States.
Since childhood, Rutler was intrigued by filmmaking. In an interview, while describing his curiosity for filmmaking, he said,
I just always enjoyed movies and I always wanted to know how the heck do they make that…I’d always go and buy the DVDs and the extended versions or the directors cut to see the making…just super interested what goes behind the scenes.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Hair Color: Light Gray
Eye Color: Black
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is David Rutler. His mother, Kathleen Rutler, is a freelance writer. Matthew Rutler is the youngest of five siblings.
He has two sisters, Olivia Rutler, who worked at Columbia University in New York, and Liliana Rutler, former campaign manager at Recrue Media. He has two brothers, Tim Rutler and Michael Rutler. Michael worked in the investment banking company UBS.
Wife/Husband & Children
Matthew Rutler is married to the popular American pop star Christina Aguilera, who rose to prominence with her songs Genie in a Bottle (1999), What a Girl Wants (1999), and Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) (2000).
The couple made acquaintance on the sets of the film Burlesque (2010) when Aguilera was going through a divorce with her ex-husband and marketing executive Jordan Bratman. Aguilera and Bratman were married from 2005 to 2011. Together, Aguilera and Bratman have a son named Max Liron Bratman. After dating for four years, Rutler and Aguilera got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2014, while she was pregnant with their daughter, Summer Rain Rutler (born on August 16, 2014).
After completing his formal education, he started networking to venture into the film industry. He began his career in 2008 when he went for an interview and secured a job in the wardrobe department of the American film The Proposal (2009). Thereafter, he decided to pursue a career in the assistant directing (AD) department. In an interview, he said,
Funny enough I interviewed for the wardrobe department, I got the job and I said, “You know I really wanna be more around camera, onset, dealing with actors. And they were nice enough to forward it to the AD department.”
Eventually, he got into the first crew on the sets of the film The Proposal (2009) when one of the crew members got sick and had to leave the shoot.
In the beginning, he was in charge of regulating the use of walkie-talkies on the set. First team (also known as the first crew) is a group of people hired by a production company for regulating various activities on the film set. Members of the first crew deal primarily with the actors, coordinating their hair, makeup, wardrobe, and other behind-the-camera necessities.
Production and Staff Assistant
He worked as a production assistant in various American films including Surrogates (2009) and Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and the British-American film Edge of Darkness (2010). Apart from working as a production assistant, he has also worked as a staff assistant on the sets of the American crime thriller film ‘The Town’ (2010).
As a musician, Rutler was a member of the independent band ‘Nate Mott Band,’ which was formed in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 2006. The band consisted of four members, the lead vocalist and guitar player Nate Mott, electric or acoustic guitar player Matthew Rutler, the drummer Hoyt Hottel, and the bass guitar player Evan Van Gorder. All the members were independent musicians who coincidentally made acquaintance while performing at the same venue. Along with his day job as an AD’s crew member, he pursued his passion for music at night.
In July 2008, ‘Nate Mott Band’ released the album ‘Like We Mean It.’
On November 30, 2008, the band opened for the Patriots vs. Steelers football game. Rutler and other band members raised money through their live shows and performances. The band played for the cast party of the film ‘The Proposal’ (2009) at the Felt Club in Boston. The ‘Nate Mott Band’ was featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, performed for the “Light Foundation” (a televised charity event by the New England Patriots). They also played at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, for the Rock the Ink Concert and opened for numerous concerts. The band’s studio was situated in Rehoboth in Massachusetts. While he was working as an AD member in the making of the American television show ‘Empire State,’ the show’s production company came across Nate Mott Band’s music and wanted to feature it in the show. Thereafter, the band produced numerous songs like Second Life (2010), Swimming With Sharks (2012), and Vast Expanses (2014).
In 2014, Rutler and Aguilera founded now-defunct company MX Productions, LLC. In 2015, the couple founded MX Investment Funds, LLC through which they invested in the celebrity-tutorial startup MasterClass. Later, they also invested in MikMak, a platform that enabled traditional brands to view the activities of major online retailers. Together, they produced the music-based game show Tracks (2016) for Spike TV, where Aguilera and Rutler serve as executive producers. In 2018, they were the executive producers for the cooking-based digital series, ‘Chef Without Borders.’ In addition to film and television projects, MX made investments in various companies including Lyft, Clutter, Afrostream, Pinterest, and DraftKings.
In 2015, Rutler became an investor in MasterClass through MX. MasterClass is an American online education platform on which students can access tutorials and pre-recorded lectures by experts in various fields. Later, he became the executive vice president at MasterClass. Additionally, he also worked in the talent and business development department of the online platform.
In 2011, Matthew Rutler, along with Christina Aguilera, was arrested in West Hollywood. Apparently, Rutler was arrested for driving erratically, while Aguilera was discovered to be extremely intoxicated. TMZ
- Destination: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- Rock Band: Sublime
- In his leisure time, Rutler likes to read, hang out with friends, and socialize.
- In 2009, Rutler made an appearance in the video of Christina Aguilera’s song “Let There Be Love.”