Christina Aguilera has spoken out about her childhood of witnessing domestic violence, as well as her thoughts on the evolution of sexual expression for young female artists.
The singer has made headlines with her appearance on the cover new ‘Transformation’ issue of Paper Magazine. As well as showcasing her bold but stripped back new image, Aguilera also opened up about her sympathies with victims of domestic violence, having watched her mother suffer in her younger days.
“I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up,”said Aguilera.
“You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route.”
She added: “I hate when people say, ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ There’s psychological damage and mental abuse that comes with being in a situation like that. A lot of people don’t have the ability to vocalize it themselves or have the know-how to get out.”
Aguilera also spoke about the evolution of her own image, and how she relates with how the media treats young artists choosing to express their sexuality.
She argued that the world was much more ‘progressive’ in 2018 than it was when she faced backlash from critics for her appearance and attitude during her ‘Dirrty’ period at the turn of the century
“They don’t have as much backlash when they come out on the scene,” she said of today’s rising artists. “And I did. It was a very interesting and controversial time for me.”
She continued: “Either women are not sexual enough or we’re not fulfilling enough of a fantasy for you, but then if we’re overtly sexual or feeling empowered in a certain kind of way, then we’re shamed for it.”
Looking back on the criticism she faced earlier in her career, Aguilera said: “Madonna had to go through it in her day, and she paved the way for my generation to come up.
“And paying it forward, now a younger generation is coming up and I’m loving what I’m seeing. It’s so incredible.”
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