One of the most important things a child should feel in their home is safe. Unfortunately for many this is not the case. Christina Aguilera opened up about the pain she suffered growing up with an abusive father.
Her father, a U.S. army sergeant, abused Christina, her mother and sister, Rachel.
The singer told E! “I witnessed a lot of unpleasant
things – a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarrelling.
Growing up I did not feel safe. Feeling powerless is the worst feeling
in the world. I turned to singing as an outlet. The pain at home is
where my love for music came from.”
Shelly, Christina’s mom described an incident where she found her 4-year-old daughter with blood dripping from her chin. When she asked Christina what happened she said “Daddy wanted to take a nap and I made too much noise.”
Eventually Shelly got the courage to leave her violent husband and took the girls to live with their grandmother.
As for her relationship with her father now, Christina responded “I let him back into my life briefly but I soon realized that he is not necessary in my life.”
If you are with someone who is abusing you or your kids, please get help and get out.