"I witnessed a lot of unpleasant things - a lot of pushing and shoving and fighting and quarreling. Growing up I did not feel safe," E! Online quoted Aguilera as saying. "Feeling powerless is the worst feeling in the world. I turned to singing as an outlet. The pain at home is where my love for music came from," she added.
Aguilera's mother Shelly describes the extent of the abuse in the documentary, recalling one horrific incident when she found a four-year-old Aguilera with blood dripping from her chin. The singer's mother says: “I scooped her up and said, 'Oh my God. What's wrong?' She told me, 'Daddy wanted to take a nap and I made too much noise."
Aguilera's mother eventually fled from her violent husband, taking her daughters to live with their grandmother.