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Christina Aguilera On Her Break From The Voice & Why She's Back: 'I Needed Some Time'

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Christina Aguilera arrives at the NBCUniversal's '2013 Summer TCA Tour' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 -- Getty Images
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Christina Aguilera opened up about why she took a season off from "The Voice."

"I'm the type of person that I cannot live in front of the camera 24 hours a day," the singer told reporters on Saturday at the NBC portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills. "I have to take breaks and stay connected with myself. I think it's important so that I can then be [my] best on camera and find [my] own happiness with it."

Christina, who last fall released the album "Lotus," also said it was about decompressing and spending time with her son, Max.

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"I'm a mom and ... the cameras go off, I go home, I put on sweats and a T-shirt. The red lips come off," she said. "I check out and I'm mom and I needed some time, I needed some time to do that. He starts kindergarten this fall, I'm excited about that, but mom's gotta pay the bills and gotta do her thing. I wanted to also, for myself, [to] have a moment... for me. It's really important to take that time in this business, when everything's give, give, give, especially when you're on camera so much, you need to take it back for a second and bring it back to yourself and just realign some things and I've been on a really incredible journey the past six months and I just feel revived."

Christina and CeeLo Green are heading back to "The Voice" this September following a third win by coach Blake Shelton.

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"I understand that I am coming back to the Blake Shelton show at this point," Christina said.

"It's hilarious... but we laugh all day," she added of her time around her fellow coach.

Christina sat on Saturday's "The Voice" TCA panel alongside Adam Levine and CeeLo (Blake was away on tour), but Adam said they don't feel a greater sense of competition, nor have they developed new strategies since Blake's third win in four seasons of the show.

"It's great to work with these guys and try to get them to win the show, which is obviously the end goal... but it's kind of more amazing just to work with these people and help them get to wherever they're going to get, whatever stage in the competition that they're going to get to or whenever they go home they go home with all those amazing experiences," Adam said. "Winning's great, and trust me, I hate the fact that Blake's won three in a row but... I think that as long as we do our jobs and teach them what we know and help them along, honestly, we win."

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"The Voice" returns to NBC on September 23.

-- Jolie Lash

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