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Christina Aguilera Breaks Down While Receiving Award from Domestic Violence Shelter

Christina Aguilera broke down in tears while receiving an award from a domestic violence shelter on Thursday.

The 38-year-old songstress became emotional while addressing the crowd as she was honored with the Community Hero award from The Shade Tree, a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children in crisis in Southern Nevada. Aguilera donates $1 from each ticket sold to her Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood to the organization.

“It’s just disgusting and it happens far too much to people, and it is very dear to my heart, because I did grow up in [violence] and am a survivor of it, as I’m sure many of you are,” she tearfully said, in a video posted on her Instagram account. “I’m affected by it.”

“It’s such a part of who I am, the music that I make, the lyrics that I write, from ‘Fighter’ to ‘Beautiful.’ Everything,” continued the singer, who has previously opened up about witnessing domestic violence against her mother while she was growing up. “It truly does come from the heart. If it doesn’t feel genuine to me, I just don’t do it, because authenticity’s so important. That’s why I don’t mind the tears and the lashes coming off because there’s more important things in life than an eyelash right?”

The singer and mother further discussed the honor of receiving the award in the caption of an Instagram post on Tuesday, which also featured photos of her with the trophy.

“#DomesticViolence is obviously a subject very close and personal to my heart,” she wrote. “This past week, I was honored to receive an award from @shadetreevegas, a domestic violence shelter that I donate to….and while I tried so hard not to cry, I ended up balling the whole way through my speech because

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