It hasn’t been an easy year for Christina Aguilera, but the half-Ecuadorian singer isn't crying about it — in fact, she's doing just the opposite.
"I can laugh about my own hiccups and my own experiences in life because I'm getting through it," Aguilera tells UsMagazine.com. "But I get to share these experiences with these people and I get to say not every performance day is going to be a great day."
After getting divorced from Jordan Bratman, her husband of five years, in October of last year, the singer had a string of not-so-great moments — first she flubbed the National Anthem during the Super Bowl, then tripped onstage at the Grammy Awards and was later arrested for public intoxication amid rumors that she and her boyfriend Matthew Rutler had sex in a bathroom during an intimate family gathering.
"In light of the past year," Aguilera adds, "there have been obvious setbacks. I've gone through a really hard divorce, and anyone who has gone through a divorce will speak about how hard the journey is from start to finish," she admitted.
The 30-year-old singer, who will make her debut as a judge on NBC's new singing competition, The Voice on April 26th, says she'll use her own troubles to help mentor contestants. "Sometimes you could be having the worst day of your life and you have to get up on that stage and you have to give to your fans in a way that they would never know the difference," said Aguilera."There have been things that have happened on stage that any performer can absolutely relate to and I'm so happy that I get to share these moments with them in such an intimate environment."
Aguilera also says that fans should get ready to see a new side of her on the new show. "I'm actually revealing a lot about myself during this show—a side of myself that I think a lot of people have never seen before, that only my closest friends see when the cameras go off," she said. "I just wanted to approach this show very openly. I'm human, too, and people make mistakes and go through things in life and I'm definitely taking that into the show."