Christina Aguilera Did Not Quit “The Voice” Because of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton


Christina Aguilera is releasing her first album in 6 years and she’s going to do it without the weekly shoutouts from “The Voice.”

In 2011, Aguilera was one of the first judges on the show, along with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. In part, she was drawn to the show because of its genuineness, ” I signed on to a show where the blind audition element was something interesting, something genuine.” But, eventually things started to change and she wasn’t happy, “After a while, though, you start to see that everyone is good-looking. It wasn’t a comfortable place for me to be, where I’m just part of a money-making machine. When I stop believing in something, then it’s like, What am I doing here? I think I did choose to, no pun intended, take a chair for so long and do something very commercial for my little ones. But at a certain point I felt like I’m not even doing them a service by cheating myself and what I’m here to do. They should be seeing Mommy live her best life.”

During this interview with W Magazine, Aguilera doesn’t quite call the show an “energy sucker” like she did a few weeks ago, but she did clear one long-running rumor: Aguilera did leave the show because of Gwen Stefani and Shelton’s romance.

“Oh my God, no! No, it never had anything to do with any one person at all. And I actually think it’s really cute Blake and Gwen found love in that chaotic environment. I fought for a long time to get two females in the chairs. And, for a long time, I was just told it wasn’t the demographic. But just know that I was a fighter behind the scenes.”