OnlyOnAOL: Christina Aguilera dishes on doing good, getting fit and being a mom

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If you've ever wondered what Christina Aguilera is like in real life, we're here to tell you. She. Is. Amazing. Not only is she crazy talented, which you no doubt already knew, but she's also a huge philanthropist and the most loving mother ever.

Aguilera is involved with Verizon's domestic violence organization, HopeLine, which donates old phones to survivors of abuse and connects them to vital resources for getting out of dangerous situations. She discussed her partnership with HopeLine Thursday, highlighting the organization's way of helping people stop domestic violence -- by purchasing a Verizon pre-paid bundle at Walmart. As a survivor of abuse herself, the singer is passionate about the cause.

Christina Aguilera Raises Awareness About Domestic Violence With Verizon's HopeLine Program"Domestic violence is a very dear subject to my heart, having gone through much of my own personal moments dealing with it and dealing with the aftermath of what can happen," Aguilera said. "HopeLine is all about rebuilding new lives and giving hope to women."

The Voice judge has always been open about her experience with abuse in the hopes that she can help alleviate the guilt and shame many women feel, which hinders their ability to speak out about their abuse: "I've spoken a lot in my past about my own experiences with domestic violence to spread awareness and empower women to speak up if they're in a certain situation," Aguilera said.

While the cause has always been important to Aguilera, her desire to make an impact has grown stronger since the birth of her daughter.

"I'm so glad that I was able to come out of my situation and learn from my experience, because abuse is something I will not tolerate," she said. "I want to encourage my daughter to live an abuse-free life as much as I possibly can encourage her. My biggest gift I can give her is the gift of protecting herself."

Her daughter, Summer Rain Rutler, was born in 2014, when Aguilera took a brief hiatus from coaching on The Voice. "If I didn't name her Summer," the singer said, "I probably would have named her Joy. She's so eager to live life and is on the go constantly. She's curious about everything."

When asked about how it was taking time away from The Voice, Aguilera said she didn't have much of a choice: "Summer was just meant to be born on this earth. This girl needed to be born." Needless to say, Aguilera's quite smitten with her charismatic little girl.

In true Christina Aguilera form, the popstar bounced back quickly after giving birth. We just saw her step out at the 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony and she looked incredible -- so what's her secret to getting back in shape?

"I try not to be so hard on myself at this point in my life," she said. "Women put themselves through hell to look a certain way, but just be aware of what you're body's taking in and what makes you feel good."

Honored to celebrate such beautiful minds tonight at the #breakthroughawards 💋

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Despite her lax approach to achieving the perfect body, she did also hit the gym. Aguilera credits cardio and yoga for her toned physique, and yoga was especially helpful for her to relieve stress, which she says can be the biggest issue of all.

"It's less about depriving yourself and more about encouraging yourself to be gentle on yourself and your body, reward yourself with things like massages. Going easy on yourself is the greatest gift you can give yourself, especially after giving birth," she said, and we couldn't agree more.

Aguilera is in an amazing place, and her take on life is refreshing. The fact that she encourages and inspires other women to be kind to themselves is a testament to the kind of woman she is -- strong, confident and beautiful, inside and out. We love you, Christina!

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Christina Aguilera arrives at Season 8 of "The Voice" Red Carpet Event held at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
9/9/99 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
9/7/00 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Pop singer Christina Aguilera accepts her award for favorite female artist of the year from presenter Michael Clarke Duncan at the Seventh Annual Blockbuster Awards in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 10, 2001. The show recognizes the best in movies and music as voted by Blockbuster customers worldwide. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Christina Aguilera performs in the shower of confetti during the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002. With a big sigh of relief and a star-studded celebration, Utah and America bid farewell to the Olympics. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Christina Aguilera, center, Mya, right, and Pink, left rear, rush back on stage to accept their award for best pop collaboration with vocals for "Lady Marmalade" at the 44th annual Grammy Awards, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
8/29/02 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Christina Aguilera shows a gold disk of her album "Stripped" in Mexico during a news conference Monday Dec. 9, 2002, in Mexico City. Aguilera is promoting her new album in Mexico.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
1/13/03 Christina Aguilera at the 30th Annual American Music Awards. (Los Angeles, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performs on stage on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2002 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, attracting some 12,000 spectators. (AP Photo/Keystone, Eddy Risch)
Singer Christina Aguilera, center, is hugged by DSquared designers Canadian twins Dean,left, and Dan Caten at the end of their mens' fashion collection for the spring-summer 2005, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, June 29, 2004. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday, June 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
** FILE **Christina Aguilera appears on MTV's "Total Request Live," in this June 21, 2006, file photo, at MTV studios in New York's Times Square. Aguilera has a new album titled "Back to Basics" on RCA Records. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin/FILE)
Christina Aguilera performs during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performs on stage during her "Back To Basics Tour" in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)
Christina Aguilera poses with the award for best female pop vocal performance for "Ain't No Other Man" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
American singer Christina Aguilera listens a question from a journalist during the news conference Monday June 25, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Aguilera, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform June 26 at the Grand Stage , which is her first-ever concert in China. (AP Photo)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performance during her "Back to Basics" tour in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday June 28, 2007. (AP Photo)
Singer Christina Aguilera poses at a party thrown by Nakheel and the Trump Organization to introduce The Trump International Hotel & Tower Dubai, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Christina Aguilera arrives at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live" in Los Angeles on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christina Aguilera performs at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Christina Aguilera poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Singer Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem before Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Singer and actress Christina Aguilera poses after she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
US performer Christina Aguilera, gestures as she poses at the premiere of the film 'Burlesque' in Madrid, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
US singer and actress Christina Aguilera attends a photo call for the movie "Burlesque" in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Christina Aguilera performs at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Musician Christina Aguilera, from the reality television competition "The Voice", poses for photographers in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Season two of "The Voice" will premiere Feb. 5 on NBC. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
FILE - This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows Christina Aguilera performing at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Aguilera is comparing her upcoming album to a "rebirth." With more than a decade in the music business behind her, the album will be a culmination of "everything I've experienced up until this point," the pop star said, including divorce. The album doesn't have a release date and the title hasn't been announced. Aguilera, a coach on NBC's singing contest, “The Voice,” will perform the first single, "Your Body," on the show on Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Singer Christina Aguilera, left, and singer Blake Shelton speak during the panel discussion for the reality series "The Voice" at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for NBC Universal in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Singer Christina Aguilera is interviewed after announcing nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards at the J.W. Marriott L.A. Live on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Los Angeles. The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards will be held on November 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera attends the Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch Party on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 4th season premiere screening of "The Voice" at the TCL Theatre on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Singer Christina Aguilera attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating the "100 Most Influential People in the World" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday April 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the NBC 2013 summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 817B -- Pictured: Christina Aguilera -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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