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Christina Aguilera Stuns on the Red Carpet After Giving Birth

BY MOLLY WINDING

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."



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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THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 817B -- Pictured: Christina Aguilera -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Christina Aguilera performs her hit song "Genie In A Bottle" accompanied by dancers at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards taping August 1 in Santa Monica. The award show, celebrating the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion was sponsored by Seventeen magazine and will be broadcast on the FOX television network in the United States on August 12. FSP/JP
Singers Britney Spears (L) and Christina Aguilera appear on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on September 7, 2000. Spears and Aguilera were both nominated for awards in the show. JC/SV
Singer Christina Aguilera, pictured June 2, 2001 at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards, including Best Record of the Year for "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" ("But I remember you"), the Latin Recording Academy announced July 17 at a press conference in Miami. The awards will be presented September 11 during a ceremony at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. BK/HB
Singer Christina Aguilera poses as she arrives at the sixth annual "Teen People" 25 Hottest Stars under 25 party in Hollywood May 5, 2003. Aguilera was named to the list which features the top young stars in film, music and television. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 46th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, February 8, 2004. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FG/SV
Singer Christina Aguilera performs 'When You Wish Upon A Star' on stage at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. Singer Christina Aguilera performs the Disney song 'When You Wish Upon A Star' at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration ceremony, at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California May 5, 2005. Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company and visionary behind the creation of Disneyland, opened the park on July 17, 1955. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Singer Christina Aguilera performs at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards taping at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California June 3, 2006.
Christina Aguilera performs on ABC's Good Morning America in New York's Bryant Park August 18, 2006. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Christina Aguilera holds her Grammy after winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
Singer Christina Aguilera is interviewed as she arrives at the 'Africa Rising' Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, in London October 14, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico (BRITAIN)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Christina Aguilera waves at the premiere of "Burlesque" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 15, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 24. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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