Christina Aguilera Opens up About Domestic Violence
Christina Aguilera has opened up about witnessing domestic violence when she was just a child. The Latinx singer was honored with the "Community Hero" award by "The Shade Tree," a shelter in Las Vegas where she donates $1 from each ticket sold from her residency show “The Xperience”.
"I was honored to receive an award from @shadetreevegas, a domestic violence shelter that I donate to," Aguilera wrote. "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."
“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, and I’m affected by it," she added.
The artist also described her traumatic experience and what she went through earlier in life in the caption of her post.
"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," she wrote.
"Without that, I would have had to turn to a place like @shadetreevegas for shelter," she continued. "I have so much respect and adoration for those who give their time and support to hear these victims’ stories and help them regain strength, self empowerment and provide resources for a better independent future."
She concluded by expressing that many people "aren’t so fortunate to get out….which is why it’s so important to work together to put a stop to these horrific statistics."