The Voice judge Christina Aguilera, who was one of the reality competition's original coaches along with CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, says she's done with the NBC singing competition.
In the May 5 issue of Billboard, Aguilera explains how doing the show was an "energy sucker."
"I was longing for freedom," said Aguilera. When she'd leave the set from 2011 to 2016, she tells the magazine, "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."
Aguilera said she felt "suffocated and restricted" during that period.
"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." Over time, Aguilera argues, "It became something that I didn't feel was what I had signed up for in Season 1. You realize it's not about music. It's about making good TV moments and massaging a story."