Christina Aguilera is reportedly at war with her co-stars on The Voice. Just episodes into the 10th season of the NBC singing competition series, the singer is said to be in an intense feud with both Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, due to their highly-talked about romance, which began during season nine.
Christina Aguilera has been featured on The Voice for years, but ahead of Season 7, as she and her fiancé, Matthew Rutler, prepared to welcome their first child together (Christina Aguilera also has an older child, Max, from her marriage to Jordan Bratman), she took a step back from production and was replaced on the show by Stefani.
While things between Stefani and her co-stars started off platonic, she engaged in an on-screen romance with Shelton when she returned to the show during Season 9, which many believe is why she was asked back to the show as mentor for Season 10 — including Christina Aguilera.
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During Season 10, Stefani returned, but not in the way that her boyfriend Shelton had hoped, which led the country singer to reportedly begin bothering Christina Aguilera in an effort to force her into quitting the series.
Shelton “hates the fact that Gwen is no longer with him this season,” an onset source told Radar Online earlier this month. “Everyone knows this and he is taking it out on [Christina Aguilera], and they are not getting along at all.”
“It’s his mission to make this as uncomfortable as possible for [Christina Aguilera] so that she will not want to return next season,” added the source.
According to the report, Shelton was so upset that Stefani was asked to return to the show as a coach that he actually threatened to leave the show. However, producers knew he was bluffing, and as fans have seen, he ultimately returned with Christina Aguilera at his side.
“The execs knew that Blake was bluffing, thankfully,” a source noted. “This is such a huge source of income for Blake and America loves him, so they came up with a plan to bring Gwen back on as a mentor on Blake’s team.”
Meanwhile, said the source, Christina Aguilera has continued her diva antics on the show.
“[Christina Aguilera] is acting her normal self,” said the source, which means “she’s been a diva. That’s just who she is and nothing has really changed between this season and past seasons that she’s been on.”
In addition to her typical behavior, a March 22 report by Celebrity Dirty Laundry claimed the singer was cozying up to Miranda Lambert in an effort to get revenge on her co-stars.
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Following her alleged feud with Stefani and Shelton, Christina Aguilera announced news of a new series coming soon, on which she acts as executive producer. The show, Tracks, will air on Spike TV later this year, and follows Christina Aguilera’s rumored threats to quit The Voice.
“Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track — with a twist — since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song,” Christina Aguilera said in a statement to press earlier this month. “I’m excited to have Tracks debuting on Spike TV, and proud to have this as the first project springing from our first-look deal with Lionsgate.”
For more Christina Aguilera, tune into The Voice Season 10, airing on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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