- On the lead single "Fall In Line
": "Liberation is about me getting back to that little-girl me," Aguilera explained. "You hear 'Fall in Line' and maybe think it was inspired by this time"—of #MeToo
and Trump—"and it's not. It was created years ago. It's something I've always felt very strongly."
- Discussed why she left The Voice
: "It was such a hamster wheel, and then I felt like things really started to shift and change," she said. "I signed on to a show where the blind audition element was something interesting, something genuine. After a while, though, you start to see that everyone is good-looking.
- "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."
- How her label was not 100% on with "Lady Marmalade
": "I just get really bored with sticking to the norm and having the proper conservative image. That's just so not me. When 'Lady Marmalade' came out, so many executives were like, 'She can't do this.' 'It's too Rockwilder and Missy.' 'It's too urban.' And I was like, 'I'm doing it.' Even with certain outfits that I wear, or speaking openly about my past... I'm not going to sit there and lie. Whether you like me or hate me, that's me.”
- Defending K*nye West
: "Kanye, you know, he says things. His mind works in mysterious ways," Aguilera said. "I'll just say that. I've always been a fan of his music.... If anything, he gives with his gut." (Aguilera actually growled here, for emphasis.) "You can feel it in his beats. It's genuine. It feels like his truth, even if it's not going to go over well. But he really spoke to me. Even in that conversation we had, he would go on about other subjects and stuff like that. But then he would kind of remind me of myself. Like, oh, okay." Aguilera laughed. "He just has a different way of thinking and he'll trail off in his own thoughts. You get the sense, though, that there's a good guy there. Sometimes we're all just a little misunderstood."
- On the "Beautiful
" music video reception: "I wasn’t even prepared for how upset some people were going to get by some of the visuals," Aguilera recalled. "Even people who I knew around me who were gay and completely out, they were even a little taken aback. Like, 'I just wasn't ready to see that onscreen like that.'"( Collapse )