Former The Voice coach Christina Aguilera says the show is no longer about the music and that is why she left. The 37-year-old said in the May 5th issue of Billboard that the NBC reality competition is a “churning hamster wheel” focused on “making good TV moments.”
“It became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in season one,” she explained of her departure. “You realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story.” Aguilera served as a coach in Seasons 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10, and said the series became an “energy sucker” in her life.
“I was longing for freedom,” she said before recounting her post-show routine. “I would just take everything off – the makeup, all of it – and would blast hip-hop, or Nirvana, ‘Creep,’ Slayer,” she shared. “Anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode.”
Aguilera is instead focused on her eighth studio album, Liberation, which debuts June 15th. She released the single “Accelerate” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz and a music video for the song Thursday.
Aguilera also collaborated with Demi Lovato, Julia Michaels and Kanye West on Liberation. She shared a full track list for the album on Twitter.
The eighth LP from Christina, and the follow-up to 2012’s Lotus, will be released June 15th.