Christina Aguilera is lending her voice for a good cause. The Voice coach made an appearance at Verizon’s HopeLine Program, which is an event that supports domestic violence prevention and awareness.
The 34-year-old singer showed up to the event on Thursday, Nov. 12 in Los Angeles. The “Say Sorry” singer spoke to Us Weekly about her charity work with the HopeLine Program from Verizon. Aguilera revealed that the best way to spread awareness to domestic violence in this country is to purchase a Verizon pre-paid bundle at participating Walmart stores. With each purchase, HopeLine Program donates used cell phones, batteries, chargers, and accessories to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations. The powerhouse singer revealed that it’s a subject that’s close to her heart.
“It’s a subject that really hits home with me because I’ve always been pretty vocal and open about my own experiences in witnessing domestic violence in the home and neighboring homes around me, so it was something that was pretty constant in my younger upbringing.”
Christina has been open about her experience with domestic violence as a young girl, claims of which her father has denied. In her 2002 song “I’m OK,” from her sophomore album Stripped, Christina sang about the violence she saw between her mother and father. Shen then released the 2006 apology song “Hurt” from her third studio album, Back to Basics. Christina explained to the tabloid as to why domestic violence should no longer be considered a taboo topic.
“It is a hush, hush subject. Not everybody likes to wear it on their sleeve and talk about it. It makes people uncomfortable and there’s a lot of shame around it. But that’s why for me, it’s so important for me to speak my truth and helping others to find theirs and to find their own hope in a hopeless situation.”
Aguilera revealed that her own childhood has made a huge impact on how she raises her two children, Max, 7, and Summer, 14-months-old. Back in December, 2010, she told People the reason she ended her marriage to ex-husband Jordan Bratman is because she wanted Max to see both of her parents happy, even if they’re separated.
“I come from a home filled with a lot of tension. My parents were not right to stay together [as long as they did]. It’s not good for kids to grow up with [constant] arguments. I knew what I was doing was the right thing for my child because I strongly believe it’s better to have two homes filled with love than one filled with tension. That’s one thing I learned as a child.”
Christina then added, “When things didn’t feel right in my own home and it wasn’t the happiest place for Max to grow up in, it was time to move on.”
When it comes to other Hollywood romances, including those on the set of The Voice, the diva is 100 percent behind her colleagues. Christina Aguilera is good friends with both Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, so it’s no surprise to see that she would support their budding romance.
E! News correspondent Will Marfuggi spoke with the Grammy award-winner and asked her about Blake and Gwen’s romance. Christina immediately gave them her approval and added that the couple are perfect for one another.
“You know, I just saw them yesterday. I stopped and I popped my head into Gwen’s trailer and checked in on her. I’ve known her for many, many years and because of the show, I’ve known Blake for ten seasons in now – how many years is that? So I know they’re both amazing people.”
Christina Aguilera knows the difficulty of divorce. As previously mentioned, she split from her ex-husband Jordan Bratman in October of 2010. Aguilera then requested for joint legal and physical custody of their son Max. After reaching a private divorce settlement and custody deal, their divorce was finalized on April 15, 2011. She has since found love with fiancé Matt Rutler, whom she met on the set of the 2010 film, Burlesque. Aguilera and Rutler got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2015 during their Hawaiian vacation, but the couple hasn’t set a wedding date as of yet.
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