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Christina Aguilera Opened The Floodgates For Curious Twitter Fans And Her Answers Were Honest And Real

Just six weeks after Christina Aguilera released her first album in six years, “Liberation,” she’s opened the floodgates to curious Twitter fans to ask her any question they want. Clearly Latino fans and internet users couldn’t resist answering the call for questions.

Here are all the answers to all the questions you never thought to ask the infamous Xtina.

First things first, Aguilera put her heart and soul into “Liberation.”

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She actually started recording the album in late 2014. While Pharrell Williams and Linda Perry were in the studio in the early days, they didn’t end up on the album.

Some fans threw it all the way back.

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We wish there was video footage, but sadly the closest thing to live social media at the time would have been a point and shoot digital camera video posted on MySpace.

And @xtina became a human before our very eyes.

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If I could not express myself anything less of a hoarse hyena when I sing, it would feel like people could hear the real me.

There were zero product placements to be seen.

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It’s a rarity, and Aguilera has shied away from those kinds of collabs. In June 2016, she released the song “Change,” dedicated to the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

She owned the ways that she failed her authentic self in the past and validated her truth today.

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Maybe it’s because we’re living in a #MeToo age where women in entertainment (and hopefully, everywhere else) feel more empowered to say no and be heard. She wrote “Fall in Line” years before the #MeToo movement picked up steam.

When asked, she said, “It was the song that needed to be heard. Because of what I witnessed when I was growing up I always felt really driven to have a voice that my mom kind of never had in my childhood. So I’ve always wanted to be that advocate for women and anybody that was struggling to have their own voice.”

She didn’t confirm nor deny a possible world tour.

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We have no idea what that means, but she is a master at skirting the real questions. She made this album in her own way and nothing is going to change how she performs it.

Aguilera stood her ground when some fans asked questions she didn’t want to answer.

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First, Xtina was polite, but firm. Translation: “Bish, I don’t need to prove sh*t to noone.”

She laid out the new path for her career. All about artistry, less about numbers.

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Literally, people only had respect for her. That thread is just a bunch of Meryl Streep gifs applauding her.

Some threw plenty of shade though: “That’s nice and all but we don’t care about numbers or chart positions. We care about seeing our fave artist perform LIVE for us,” @XAHuGo85 wrote. “Not just for private events for Billionaires. You’ve abandoned your last 2 albums and we finally thought this would be different. Guess we were wrong.”

She explained why the album took so long to be released.

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Like, yeah, becoming a mother and judging in a reality competition show takes actual time away from your life. The world needed her music to cook for six years in order to get the layered masterpiece that is “María.”

Xtina took a moment to name drop her son, Max, as the future Aguilera to watch.

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“Maria” is her personal favorite on the track, which is both a tribute to her middle name and to Julie Andrews’ character in “The Sound of Music.”

She also gave a shoutout to the perks of motherhood: child’s play.

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If Christina Aguilera was my mom, life would be cozy af. I was team Aguilera all the way in the Aguilera-Spears showdown of the 2000’s, and it is truly crazy that my teen idol is now a mom idol.

Pop stars like horror? Que horror.

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I won’t do horror, but I will do the fact that Xtina’s love for horror is tied to the score. Halloween mash-up coming out soon? Por favor?

Over six years, she wrote a lot of songs that we may never hear.

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All we know is that she started writing the album while she was pregnant, so it’s kind of a testament to her motherhood.

There were moments when her Latinidad truly shined.

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How can you limit something so deep to only three words? Describing one self is a journey to the truth and a testament to your self-worth.

We do know that a tour is in the works.

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The whole world started begging her to come to their corner del mundo to perform. And some fans even got upset that she might not make it there.

Aguilera, while being super open, did stay vague and mysterious.

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Hmmm…how long until the fans find the vocal warm up and spam it all over social media?

Some of the questions did bring out a fun side fo the pop star.

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“Genie in the Butthole.” #DEAD That was the first song I ever recorded on my boom box karaoke cassette tape. We’re not in Kansas anymore, María.

Her answer left all of her fans shook up af.

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Note the fan that immediately changed their handle name to ‘genie in the butthole.’ Mad respect.

Aguilera ended the debate with #Lubrication.

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May #Lubrication spread to all corners of the world, to every fan whose begged for some live #Lubrication, and may Christina María Aguilera forever show us how to harness our stardom until we’re all viejos.


READ: We Ranked Christina Aguilera’s Top 25 Music Videos

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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