8:30am PT by Rebecca Ford
How Christina Aguilera Ended Up Hosting a Hillary Clinton Fundraiser
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Christina Aguilera threw a Nov. 4 fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at her Beverly Hills home that was attended by Katie Holmes, Christina Milian and Muse singer Matthew Bellamy — plus a slew of Secret Service agents. But Aguilera tells THR that the event, which raised $1 million for Clinton, was surprisingly tranquil.
"There was a lot of traffic and vendors coming and going," says The Voice coach, who co-hosted with her fiance, producer Matthew Rutler. "My sister said, 'I thought today was going to be chaotic because of all the Secret Service, but I've never been here when it's been so peaceful.' "
Aguilera has known the Clintons for years, performing at events for Bill and receiving a leadership award from Hillary in 2012. "She's so courageous and always bounces back," says Aguilera. "It's that strength and fighter mentality that I can raise my own daughter to look up to."
Aguilera spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her political activities while hosting an event for another important cause: domestic violence awareness. She participated in an event for HopeLine from Verizon, a phone donation and grant-giving program that supports domestic violence organizations across the country, on Nov. 12.
"I've always spoken pretty openly about my own experience," says Aguilera, who witnessed domestic violence in her own home as a child. "I felt I had to be here today to speak my own truth about my experience and trying to spread awareness on the platform that I've worked hard to gain for other people who might need to hear it and need that sense of hope."
Aguilera has written songs about her own experience including "Oh Mother" and "I'm OK."
"It's such a psychological and mental deterioration of your spirit and your mind," she says.
People can support the program by purchasing the Verizon-HTC prepaid bundle at Walmart stores to help the work of HopeLine from Verizon and the Joyful Heart Foundation.