Xtina Is Using Her Vegas Residency To Raise Funds For Domestic Violence Survivors Because This Hits Close To Home For Her
Christina Aguilera is slated to take over Sin City with a Las Vegas residency, but the “Dirrty” singer won’t just be entertaining worldwide fans — she’ll also be supporting a very important cause.
This week, the part-Ecuadorian superstar announced that one dollar from every ticket purchased to her show will go to The Shade Tree, a 24-hour emergency shelter in Southern Nevada for women and children. Many of those temporarily residing in the shelter are survivors of domestic violence and/or human trafficking.
“Christina not only possesses remarkable talent, she represents strength, perseverance and unapologetic female independence — characteristics so fitting for our mission to help homeless and abused women regain their own independence,” The Shade Tree’s executive director said in a statement, according to ABC News.
This isn’t the first time Aguilera has used her fame and pocketbook to support survivors of gender-based violence. Last year, she partnered with Verizon’s HopeLine program to connect victims of domestic violence to resources. More recently, she spoke publicly about how abuse impacted her own life growing up.
“I watched my mom have to be submissive, watch her Ps and Qs or she’s gonna get beat up,” Aguilera said during an interview with Paper magazine in March 2018. “You can either be, unfortunately, so damaged by it that you take a turn for the worse, or you can feel empowered by it and make choices to never go down that route.”
Back in 2016, she said she was dedicated to the cause of widening help and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.
“I know I am not the only person who has experienced such pain and betrayal caused by abuse and violence,” she told Forbes that year. “That is why I feel it’s so important now to use my voice to support efforts to spread awareness and encourage engagement against domestic violence.”
Her continued work and support for domestic violence victims earned her an award from Safe Passage, a crisis intervention center, in January.
The powerhouse’s show — titled Christina Aguilera: The Xperience — will kick off at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater on May 31. Her 16-performance residency replaces the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” run.
“I’ve been actually accumulating for years, these amazing ideas and taking people on this amazing ride and trip and using the imagination. I’ve been culminating this for a long time, so I’m really, really excited for everyone to enjoy this experience — Xperience — with me,” Aguilera said back in January, when she announced the news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Tickets for performances, which go through Oct. 5, are on sale now online or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office.
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