Christina Aguilera Says The Voice Is "Not About About The Music"

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Christina Aguilera got real about her time as a judge on NBC's The Voice and slammed the show for not being "about music." 

Speaking to Billboard, the singer-songwriter who was a coach on The Voice between 2011 and 2016, criticized her time on the show and pointed out things that she found problematic after the magazine asked if she would be returning. 

"It became something that I didn't feel was what I had signed up for in season one," she said. "You realize it's not about music. It's about making good TV moments and massaging a story." 

Aguilera also said that being on the show meant that she was given restrictions and didn't have complete freedom over her appearance.

"I didn't get into this business to be a television show host and to be given all these [rules]," she said. "Especially as a female: You can't wear this, can't say that. I would find myself on that show desperately trying to express myself through clothing or makeup or hair. It was my only kind of outlet." 

Moreover, Aguilera said that having to look and dress a certain way for the show took a toll on her, both mentally and physically. 

She called The Voice an "energy sucker" and "would just take everything off — the makeup, all of it — and would blast hip-hop, or Nirvana, 'Creep,' Slayer. Anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode." 

Read Christina Aguilera's full interview with Billboard here.