Christina Aguilera: ‘The Voice’ is ‘not about music’ anymore

Christina Aguilera has no plans to return to her spinning red chair. The singer, who is set to drop her first album in six years on June 15, revealed in a new interview that the NBC competition show The Voice was like a “churning hamster wheel.”

Aguilera, 37, was a coach for six seasons on The Voice, from 2011 to 2016, and admitted to Billboard magazine that she was “longing for freedom” after the “energy sucker” show.

“I would just take everything off – the makeup, all of it – and would blast hip-hop or Nirvana, ‘Creep,’ Slayer. Anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode,” she said. The actress also said that the show was not exactly what she had thought it would be.

“It became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in season one. You realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story,” the Burlesque star said. “I didn’t get into this business to be a television show host and to be given all these [rules] … Especially as a female: You can’t wear this, can’t say that. I would find myself on that show desperately trying to express myself through clothing or makeup or hair. It was my only kind of outlet.”

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Christina Aguilera pictured at the opening of Millennium Village at Epcot, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on September 30, 1999. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
369630 01: Singer Christina Aguilera poses February 23, 2000 at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Aguilera won the Best New Artist Award after her first #1 single 'Genie In A Bottle' stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 upon its release in August 1999. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
Singer Christina Aguilera. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera 1999 Billboard Awards (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 1998: American pop singer Christina Aguilera poses for a June 1998 portrait in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera File Photos - Record Party to celebrate release of her fist album 'Christina Aguilera' in 1999 at Private Home in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guests Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera with host Jay Leno on February 13, 2001 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
374507 01: 12/8/99 Las Vegas, NV. Christina Aguilera at the 1999 Billboard Music Awards. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc.
368077 04: Singer Christina Aguilera poses April 14, 2000 at the Essence Awards in New York City. Christina Aguilera's first #1 single 'Genie In A Bottle,' stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 upon its release in August 1999. (Photo by Laura Walters/Liaison)
360836 03: Pop Sensation Christina Aguilera Carves Turkey For The 'Big Brother-Sister' Organization November 24, 1999 At The Harley Davidson Cafe In New York City. (Photo By Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Christina Aguilera attends the 10th Annual Disney's American Teacher Awards on November 14, 1999 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Christina Aguilera during The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Christina Aguilera at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards at in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera Archive Images At a Photocall at the Chelsea Hotel at Chelsea Hotel in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera in Concert at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 1: Singer Christina Aguilera attends the First Annual Teen Choice Awards on August 1, 1999 at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera in New York City, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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However, Aguilera stayed at the show for so long because she’s a mother of two. She shares son Max Liron, 10, with ex Jordan Bratman and daughter Summer Rain, 3, with fiancé Matthew Rutler.

“Touring is so frightening to me, because I am a mom first. It’s part of why I stayed in the position I was [at The Voice]. It’s easy to get comfortable and cushy in the same place and not have to worry about uprooting your kids. I’ve been putting myself on the back burner,” she said. “It needs to happen. I’m looking forward to getting back out and actually showing my kids what Mommy really does!”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler arrives at the Stella McCartney's Autumn 2018 Collection Launch on January 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Christina Aguilera, Matthew Rutler, Max Liron Bratman and Summer Rain Rutler attend the premiere of 'The Emoji Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on July 23, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Singer Christina Aguilera (R) and Matt Rutler attend the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony Hosted By Seth MacFarlane at NASA Ames Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Christina Aguilera, Matthew Rutler, Max Liron Bratman and Summer Rain Rutler attend the premiere of 'The Emoji Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on July 23, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are seen on April 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NARITA, JAPAN - APRIL 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Singer Christina Aguilera, Max Liron Bratman and Matt Rutler are seen at Narita International Airport on April 2, 2013 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are seen in Tribeca on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are seen at Halloween Party on October 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Singer Christina Aguilera (L) and Matt Rutler attend the Samsung Galaxy Note II Beverly Hills Launch Party on October 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Samsung)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Matt Rutler (L) and Christina Aguilera attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress/singer Christina Aguilera and boyfriend Matt Rutler attend the 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' video game launch party at Belasco Theatre on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are seen at Off Vines restaurant on October 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Singer Christina Aguilera (R) and Matt Rutler enter the Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Singer Christina Aguilera (R) and Matt Rutler enter the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Matt Rutler and Christina Aguilera attend the InStyle and Warner Bros. 68th annual Golden Globe awards post-party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
68th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Rutler, Christina Aguilera arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2011 (Photo by Evan Agostini/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Singer/actress Christina Aguilera (R) and boyfriend Matt Rutler arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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