Christina Aguilera channelized her childhood pain to create music and empower victims of domestic abuse.
Not every childhood is merry and fun. For some, it might have been a nightmare. A moment back in time they would never want to return to. Christina Aguilera, one of the most popular singers of the pop world had such a childhood. However, the singer did not allow her troubled and abusive childhood to determine her future.
Aguilera braved through it all and emerged a fierce fighter and became an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. She supported shelters that gave refuge to domestic violence victims. The mother of two was awarded the Community Hero award by The Shade Tree, a domestic violence shelter in Las Vegas. During the award ceremony, the 39-year-old said, "It’s just disgusting and it happens far too much to people, and it is very dear to my heart, because I did grow up in [violence] and am a survivor of it, as I’m sure many of you are. I’m affected by it," according to ABC News.
She even took to social media to talk about the issue of domestic violence in the United States. "While I tried so hard not to cry, I ended up balling the whole way through my speech because the statistics of domestic violence in the US are truly horrifying & sad and it’s so important to spread more awareness," wrote the woman on Instagram. She continued, "We need to use our voices to speak up, reach out and help one another break these deep-rooted cycles and empower each other to end these patterns."
Apart from spreading awareness and doing her part to support the victims, Aguilera shared her experiences. She told the world how she survived under her abusive and violent father.
Growing up, Aguilera, her sister, and her mother had to endure severe hardships due to her father. “I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up,” recalled the Come On Over singer.
The singer's mother Shelly too has shared some heartbreaking details of what Aguilera had to undergo at the age of four. In an interview, the woman spoke of how her little girl's face had blood pouring from her face. According to Daily Mail, Shelly stated, "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'."
Living in such an unpleasant and unsafe household, Aguilera had to find refuge in something else. She turned her attention to music and used it as an outlet for all the pain and sorrow she felt. "I witnessed a lot of unpleasant things - a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarreling. Growing up I did not feel safe. Feeling powerless is the worst feeling in the world," stated the singer.
Her life with her father had eventually become intolerable that she along with her sibling and mother escaped from their own house to her grandmother's. “I remember often having to up and escape in the middle of the night with my mom & little sister, having just the clothes on our backs, to drive cross country for shelter at my grandma’s house,” wrote the singer on an Instagram post.
Soon, her mother divorced her abusive husband and Aguilera did not have to deal with him anymore. "I grew up in a household where domestic violence occurred and the greatest gift for me, as a child, was the day my parents got divorced," said the mother of two, according to Us Weekly.
However, it was not easy to erase years of pain at once. She gave her attention to music and built her career. "I turned to singing as an outlet. The pain at home is where my love for music came from." She channelized her agonies over the years and found a bigger purpose in life. "I could be bitter about my childhood, but if anything, I'm thankful that I have that experience. I know my bigger purpose is to empower, to encourage other people to find their voice," said the Grammy-winning singer, according to Women's Health.