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Associated Press, Published September 24 2013

Christina Aguilera perfects career, motherhood balancing act

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Christina Aguilera said a season away from “The Voice” was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated – for herself, the show and the contestants.

Aguilera and CeeLo took time off from the show last season, and were replaced by Usher and Shakira. But they were back in their signature red chairs Monday night when the hit talent competition premiered on NBC.

Aguilera said the show, now in its fifth season, was taking a bit of a toll on her – coupled with her demanding life outside of it – including being a mother to son, Max, 5.

“As artists we need to feel like we’re appreciated and we’re understood and we’re given the breathing room, because we’re constantly in front of the camera giving, giving, giving, giving. And then I’m a mother on top of that, and it’s giving, giving, giving at home. And it’s like, when do I get something back?” she said, eliciting laughter.

“It’s learning how to better care and protect and nurture yourself,” she said.