Christina Aguilera Talks About Abusive Childhood

Christina Aguilera opens up about her abusive childhood in a new documentary.

The Beautiful singer, who is mom to 20-month-old son Max Liron, reveals that she turned to music to escape the fear she felt growing up with an abusive father.

“I witnessed a lot of unpleasant things – a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarrelling,” she tells E!. “Growing up I did not feel safe. Feeling powerless is the worst feeling in the world. I turned to singing as an outlet. The pain at home is where my love for music came from.”

This isn’t the first time Christina has talked about her difficult childhood – it’s even been the subject of songs such as I’m OK and Oh Mother.

The Grammy-winner has said in the past, “It’s therapeutic for me to talk about it. It gives me a reason to understand why I went through what I did.”

Christina’s mom Shelley also describes a horrifying incident when she returned home to find Christina, then 4, with blood on her face.

“I scooped her up and said, ‘Oh my God. What’s wrong?’ She told me, ‘Daddy wanted to take a nap and I made too much noise.'”

It brings tears to my eyes to think of any child going through something so awful. Kudos to Christina for speaking up about it.

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  • Anonymous

    But her mother you notice stayed with this man even though he was abusing the children. A lot of women do that, think of themselves first, that they don’t want to be alone, without a man. They put the abuser first over their children. I don’t buy the excuses “oh I was afraid to leave.” BS. When children’s lives are at stake you do what it takes to make them safe.

  • Anonymous

    Her mother didn’t have trouble leaving because “she was scared.” She had trouble leaving because Christina’s father was in the army and they were stationed in Japan at the time. Her mother couldn’t afford to leave. As she put it, they were “stuck” there. And it shouldn’t matter anyway. The important thing is that she was smart enough and brave enough to know to get out of the situation, which can be very difficult for someone who has suffered continuous physical and emotional abuse. Good for Christina that she is able to speak up about it. It’s a subject that needs to be spoken about more, especially after that incident with a certain other pop star.

  • Anonymous

    At the first sign of abuse I would have been out of there. Looks like the mother stayed for quite a while.

  • Jenny

    It’s easy to blame the woman and ask why she didn’t leave immediately. Relationships rooted in power and control are not that black & white. Christina’s mother – just like so many other women – is a survivor. And so is Christina.

  • melanie1983

    i agree jenny. it’s horrible that they went thru that, and that women and children still go thru that right now.

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