The pop star said in a new interview that she felt there was a lot of hypocrisy in regards to male versus female pop stars at the time.
She told Call Her Daddy podcast host Alex Cooper on Wednesday (April 5): “There was a lot of double standards with it.
“Because I went on tour with Justin, we did the Stripped [&] Justified tour, and there were things where I was just like, ‘Why is it okay for him and not okay for me, you know what I mean?’”
“I was constantly pushing back in my way,” Aguilera added. “It was so inappropriate sometimes, the things [the media] asked about that era.”
Cooper agreed with the singer, adding that the “comparison of a man doing the same thing — it’s like, ‘I’m doing the same thing and I’m being called a slut, and he’s, like, the boy next door’”.
As Billboard notes, Aguilera was a trailblazer in proudly expressing female sexuality through her songs and music videos.
“I was like, ‘I have to do songs that mean something to me and are valid to who I am and being fearless and talking about anything,’” the pop star continued on the podcast.
“And that includes sexuality! I felt that there was a lot of shame and fear around the subject… so I just wanted to be who I was and make a safe space for everyone to feel food — and make it a conversation.”
The singer has been promoting new album ‘Trustfall’ with a series of interviews, and recently denied “shading” Aguilera after comments she made about recording the music video for ‘Lady Marmalade’.
The collaborative single featuring Aguilera, Mya and Lil’ Kim – a cover of Labelle’s 1974 song of the same name – was recorded in 2001 for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.
“It wasn’t very fun to make; I’m all about fun, and it was a lot of fuss,” the singer told BuzzFeed while ranking her favourite videos. Placing it at number 12, she continued: “There were some personalities… Kim and Mya were nice.”
Defending herself against the comments, she then wrote on Twitter: “Y’all are nuts Xtina had shit to do with who was on that song. If you don’t know by now – I’m not ‘shading’ someone by telling it over and over and over what actually happened.
“I’m zero percent interested in your fucking drama. If you haven’t noticed- I’m a little busy selling… And by selling- I mean tickets and albums and bake sales and shit.”